SNAP vs Pope Francis’ Meeting With Sexual Abuse Victims


I just finished reading this article (May 30, 2014)  in the National Catholic Reporter: SNAP is wrong to discourage victims from meeting the pope, by Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea.

At the end of the article it states that Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea is author of Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church and a psychologist who has been working with sexual abuse survivors for 30 years.  (You can get her book at that link to Amazon!)

As a survivor of sexual abuse by Sister Juanita Barto, a Sister of Mercy, I disagree with SNAP’s position and strongly support and encourage this meeting between the victims and Pope Francis. I only wish the pope would address the re-victimization of those abused by religious women when the LCWR continuously refuses to meet with victims of abuse by vowed sisters and nuns. The Vatican and most Catholics ignore sexual and physical abuse by female religious, wounds carried for life by their victims. Seems only the Irish get how powerful the nuns have been in the lives of children and youth.  That the pope continues to ignore this reality hurts many, and I think harms the Church further.  It certainly does not demand the nuns better themselves or have the integrity required for true respect of their public works.  IMO, the current deluge of respect and adulation poured out on the LCWR flows from those who are either ignorant of the crimes being ignored by the LCWR, or who simply agree nuns are indeed above the law or any code of morals or ethics, i.e. they belong on that pedestal they enjoy.  Personally, I have lost all respect for Catholics who choose to live with their heads up their arses regarding crimes by nuns and the apathy toward victims by the LCWR–not that that matters much.

On the other hand, Pope Francis IS meeting with victims.  If he refused to do so, what would that gesture be called by SNAP? I am weary of the arrogance that sees no good in any effort made.  If Pope Francis had invited SNAP leaders to Rome would that have been the perfect solution?   Francis seems to be damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.  I applaud this meeting.  Is it perfect?  Of course not.  Is it something?  YES.  Is it sincere?  I choose to believe it is.  Those who choose to damn everything the pope does as insincere will never be happy with anything done.  I will not stand in that camp, nor will I support it.

In this instance, I stand with Pope Francis and I am grateful for this planned meeting, and I pray it be Graced.


~ by caitfinnegan on May 30, 2014.

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