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Friday, December 24, 2010

The Pope is not brilliant, saying so is obstructionist and does not speak for me

Been waking up for days thinking about this, how to respond, because this statement from SNAP is being repeated over and over in mainstream news:

“Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or nothing to stop it... It is fundamentally disturbing to watch a brilliant man conveniently misdiagnose a horrific scandal”


Think of the victims, who get to see these sycophantic comments repeated again and again in the press, with the quotes attributed as speaking for the victims.

Comments like these from SNAP end up re-victimizing the hundred thousand pedophile priest survivors who have a lot stronger words to say.

Statements like these are obstructionist.

Release of "official statements" like these by SNAP, using all its Public Relations resources to blanket the press, essentially prevents the rest of the victims from getting their stories told. The news media think they are getting the other side of the story by copy and pasting these statements from SNAP.

The "President of SNAP" sounds like she is batting her eyes at the Pope, trying to get his approval, in the statement quoted above.

In fact, BB appears to be in the mesmerized state of a child being raped by a priest in that statement. Or perhaps she has fallen into a state of adoration for the Church, loving it and its hierarchy no matter what the Church does, and so adjusting her own values to compensate-

Loving our perpetrators and acting out in denial is part of a PTSD reaction to the crime.

Please, stop saying SNAP speaks for the victims, if you are going to make statements like the one above about the Pope's Christmas Message.

- Calling the Pope brilliant

- Using words like "disturbed and embarrassed" to describe how we feel about serial felonies that went on for decades and destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives?

The words of SNAP do not even begin to express how victims feel about the Pope and his corporation full of felons.

REPORTERS need to wake up and start doing their job, ask questions, read, search, track down real victims, stop quoting SNAP and saying that by doing so you are getting our side of the story.

Just like the media is failing Americans by not reporting about two wars carried out by the U.S. government, mainstream media are failing us by not going any farther than a SNAP corporate-vetted press release to get the survivors' side of the story.



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