US abuse survivors group hits out at papal response

US abuse survivors group hits out at papal response

An American group representing survivors of clerical abuse have condemned Pope Benedict XVI's statement following a meeting with Irish bishops.

The Pontiff blamed a weakening of faith for the abuse, and did not call for any resignations.

"It’s heart-breaking that the resignation of callous, deceptive bishops wasn’t even discussed at this meeting," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

"Would bishops’ resignations suddenly “fix” everything? Of course not. Would they be long-overdue, tangible steps toward deterring future recklessness, callousness and deceit? Absolutely.

When resignations don’t happen, church workers get a clear message: ‘Enable the rape of kids and your job is safe’."

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