Abuse victims’ leader calls pope’s planned meeting a public relations ploy
CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says Pope Francis’s plan to meet with abuse victims looks like “a public relations ploy.”
SNAP President Barbara Blaine says the pope already has all the information he needs to remove priests who abuse minors and bishops who cover it up.
Francis’s upcoming meeting with a half-dozen victims, announced Monday, is being organized by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston. O’Malley was instrumental in setting up a 2008 meeting between clergy sex-abuse victims and Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Blaine says that meeting didn’t lead to meaningful action.
Pope Francis said Monday that abuse of children is an “ugly” crime that betrays God. He also revealed that three bishops are currently under investigation by the Vatican for abuse-related reasons, though it wasn’t clear if they were accused of committing abuse or covering it up.
Parents of rampage victim remember son’s spiritual fruit
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - At a memorial service for victims of a 22-year-old man’s weekend rampage in California, a message was read from the parents of one of the killer’s slain roommates to their departed son.
The message to 20-year-old Weihan Wang from his parents said, “You will be at peace in the hands of God.”
They added that they had seen God’s “spiritual fruits” in his life - that their son was “gentle, kind, loving, joyful, peaceful, faithful and self-controlled.”
Wang, who went by the name of David, graduated from Fremont Christian School and was studying computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara. The tribute from his parents was read by Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher also was among the victims.