The day after The Motley Monk posted “Cracking Down on the LCWR: Is Orthodoxy the Only Problem?” at The American Catholic, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (SNAP) staged a protest outside of the meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in St. Louis.
According to Steve Theisen of Iowa SNAP who was sexually victimized by a nun as a child:
The scandal of child molesting nuns takes a backseat to abuse by priests, remaining dangerously in the shadows. More and more, we’re hearing from men and women who were molested, as young kids and vulnerable adults, by nuns across the country. Yet nun officials have done little to determine just how widespread such crimes and cover ups are or take effective steps to stop them in the future.
Isn’t that exactly what the leaders of the LCWR have been saying about the bishops?
According to SNAP’s Director, David Clohessy, LCWR has not responded to SNAP’s repeated prodding to let childhood sexual victims speak at the nun’s conference, to actively reach out to victims of nun abuse, and to post the names, photos and whereabouts of proven, admitted, and credibly accused child molesting nuns on church websites. Clohessy writes:
It’s ironic that the LCWR makes the same excuses for inaction now what bishops used 20 years ago. They make essentially bureaucratic claims like “our structure doesn’t permit us to do more” and their meetings are not “the best venue” to address these issues. It’s very disheartening.
As The Motley Monk also noted, there’s also not much the main stream media is reporting about the issue of clergy sex crimes and cover ups by nuns. According to SNAP’s Outreach Director, Barbara Dorris:
It’s stunning, really, to see nuns moving more timidly and slowly on child sex crimes and cover ups than bishops. Abuse by nuns is certainly more common than anyone suspects, and inaction by nuns’ groups contributes to this secrecy.
To read The Motley Monk’s post “Cracking Down on the LCWR: Is Orthodoxy the Only Problem?,” click on the following link:
To read David Clohessy’s post, click on the following link: