Sexual abuse survivors protest U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore
Added 06-11-19 10:03:02pm EST - “Holding signs, a small group of sexual abuse survivors convened Tuesday outside a hotel at the Inner Harbor where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was holding its annual meeting.” - Washingtontimes.com
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BALTIMORE | Holding signs, a small group of sexual abuse survivors convened Tuesday outside a hotel at the Inner Harbor where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was holding its annual meeting.
It mirrored a scene in Birmingham, Alabama, where abuse victims protested on sidewalks outside the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention — and the Baltimore activists noted the similarities.
“We have somebody on our board down in Birmingham right now,” said Becky Ianni, the director of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). “We’ve got Mennonites coming forward, Latter-day Saints. We have a large group of people from other churches when I answer the phone line. It’s not just a Catholic problem anymore. It never was.”
Pope Francis last month issued the first rules for the worldwide church for clergy to report abuse to higher-ups, but not to local law enforcement. In February, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News published a series chronicling abuse by nearly 400 male Southern Baptist Convention leaders or volunteers against more than 700 people.
“I refuse to accept doom, gloom and despair,” said Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC’s Executive Committee. “We need to create a new culture within our convention family, the kind of culture that will help us flourish and be fruitful in every way, especially in our relationships together.”
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