National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)
Statement on the Conclusion of the Meeting of Pope Francis’ Commission on Sexual Abuse
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2014
We now have a commission that’s met.
That is the only thing that’s happened.
All of those who have protected priest and religious sister perpetrators remain safely in their positions of authority in the Church, except the dead ones. And for that, the Lord, not a Pope, took action.
The commission’s words are lovely: hope, future, accountability, education, best practices – and the ever popular: some where off in the future we are going to do something.
Where’s the beef?
This is more like pheasant under glass – ritzy, protected, and not nourishing for the masses.
We hope the commission enjoyed their three days in Rome, it’s a marvelous city but — no child is safer.
It is interesting to note, that while Cardinal O’Malley, says the commission will be proposing that bishops will be held accountable, notably absent (according to news reports) from the Vatican Congregations/commission/authorities with whom the commission had contact, was the Congregation for Bishops.
The status quo couldn’t be quo-er.
— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, NSAC, KristineWard@hotmail.com 937-272-0308
(National Survivor Advocates Coalition is an all volunteer organization of in-the-pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill advocating for justice for survivors and their families and working for the protection of children and the education of society regarding sexual abuse by those in religious authority)