Barbara Blain, of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), waves off the pope's letter:
The church’s first priority, however, should not be “repentance, healing and renewal,” as the Pope maintains: Child safety comes first. Wounded adults can heal themselves, with or without the Pope’s help. Vulnerable kids, however, can’t protect themselves without the Pope’s help. That help must involve action, not words. No apologies or explanations or letters or excuses or promises. So far, the Vatican has only talked, not acted. That must change.
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