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Protesters Continue To Lash Out Against Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Protesters gathered outside the Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter and Paul to deliver another blow to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that has taken so many hits already.

“We have seen Archdiocesan officials do many reckless, deceitful, callous things,” said Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

SNAP released a document they claim is from the church. The form, if signed by a sex abuse victim, prohibits “…the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from releasing to law enforcement authorities any information I provide about alleged sexual abuse. I understand this is contrary to the policy of the Archdiocese.”

“It’s hard giving money to the church every Sunday when you know it’s going to cover things up or just pay for attorneys,” said Joann Rufo, a parishioner at Annunciation B.V.M. in Havertown.

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The Archdiocese had no comment about the document, and would neither confirm nor deny its authenticity. But the recently released grand jury report mentions such a document. It says “The victim assistance coordinators regularly invited victims to sign ‘Prohibition to Report’ forms, which are designed to prevent the Archdiocese from reporting priests’ crimes to law enforcement.”

The release of the document comes days after the church suspended 21 priests for credible allegations of sexual abuse. Many Catholics say they are still strong in their faith, but they want to see the leadership of their faith do more to protect the parishioners and the children.

Reported by Oren Liebermann, CBS 3

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  • Rudy

    ONE is too many, idiot!!

    • TL

      Of course it is…but to say that anyone is at risk, simply because they are in the presence of an innocent priest is just as idiotic. That is like saying when a ring of police officers were corrupt- that we shouldn’t trust the hundreds of honest and loyal officers who work hard for us every day. You cannot make sweeping, general assumptions. You simply cannot.

      • Elizabeth K. Lagrua

        But there would really be no point in affiliating oneself with a church that has made a practice of covering up sexual abuse for many generations. This is of course not a new thing. numerous members of my large Catholic family left the Church because of this. They could no longer trust such a corrupt organization. Staying means accepting the unacceptable. Why would anyone do that?

  • Jim

    My wife is becoming a catholic. There was a ceremony at St Peter and Pauls of about 200 people becomming Catholics. I doubt 4 protesters are really news worthy.

    • p.tomat

      probably looking forward to being sexually abused.poor ignorant victims to be.

  • plumstchili

    I have read the Grand Jury Reports. They make you cry and then they make you want to puke at what was done to our chldren.

    Peaceful demonstrators are “lashing out?” Somebody needs to fire the Editor.

  • Buddy

    Went to a catholic funeral of my son-in-law Thursday. Three priests and four alter boys. All I could think of was how much the young boys were at risk…

    • TL

      Give me a break. Talk about over-generalizations. Statistics reveal a much greater report of incidents in public schools and even in protestant churches. It’s just that the media doesn’t dwell on that reality.

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