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SNAP makes 'endorsements' for 3 papal candidates

Catholic World News - March 07, 2013

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has issued a list of three prelates the group regards as “promising” candidates for the papacy: Cardinals Luis Tagle of Manila and Christian Schönborn of Vienna, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

SNAP, which has mounted an energetic media campaign in Rome during the sede vacante period, has been persistently critical of prelates who, in the opinion of the group’s leaders, have not been sufficiently aggressive in eliminating abusive priests from the Catholic clergy. The group had previously issued a statement condemning a “dirty dozen” cardinals who, SNAP said, should not be regarded as suitable candidates for the papacy: Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State; Timothy Dolan of New York; Dominik Duka of Prague; Sean O'Malley of Boston; Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; George Pell of Sydney; Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City; Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa; Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congegation for the Eastern Churches; Angelo Scola of Milan; Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; and Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC.

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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Mar. 08, 2013 12:59 PM ET USA

    Interesting analysis on the part of SNAP. However, it must be remembered that Clohessy is on a vendetta because of his own vindictiveness over a personal allegation of being abused by a priest. This destroys his ability to be reasonable and unbiased.

  • Posted by: john1948 - Mar. 07, 2013 9:02 PM ET USA

    An endorsement by SNAP is this kiss of death.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 07, 2013 7:30 PM ET USA

    Hopefully somebody is gaming this so that the SNAP-lawyers defense forum "candidates" don't have a chance.

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