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Sex abuse victims release ‘dirty dozen’ papal candidates

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Rome (CNN) — A group representing survivors of sexual abuse by priests named a “Dirty Dozen” list of cardinals it said would be the worst candidates for pope based on their handling of child sex abuse claims or their public comments about the cases.

The listnames three U.S. Roman Catholic cardinals and nine from other countries.

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SNAP, the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, said as it released the list Wednesday that its accusations were based on media reports, legal filings and victims’ statements.

A representative for one of the cardinals on list dismissed the group. The remaining cardinals or their representatives couldn’t be immediately reached by CNN for comment Wednesday.

“I’m not going to respond to this group which has little to no credibility,” said Joseph Zwelling, a spokesman for Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

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  • snapjudy

    Quoted: "I'm not going to respond to this group which has little to no credibility," said Joseph Zwelling, a spokesman for Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York."?
    Excuse me, most of the members of SNAP are baptized, born and raised Catholics, who were sexually abused by Catholic clerics.

    We urge outside law enforcement to investigate these crimes against humanity. Last week, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a 30 page report to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child documenting the ongoing worldwide sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. http://www.ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases

    And on September 13, 2011, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lengthy and detailed complaint, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate the Vatican for crimes against humanity. http://nationbuilder.s3.amazonaws.com/snap/pages/

    Silence is not an option anymore.
    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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