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US Court: Victims of Priest Sex Abuse Can Sue Vatican | Stop Family Violence
Bill Crane, 43, Oregon director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said he hopes last week's ruling will cause Pope Benedict XVI to "rein in" his defense lawyers, stop the delaying tactics and honor his own admonition to "do everything possible" to help child sex abuse victims heal.
"If he really wants to do what he said he did during his visit to the United States last year -- promote reconciliation and healing -- he will not appeal this ruling," said Crane, a landscaper and priest abuse survivor from Sandy.
Judge will consider release of Oregon archdiocese documents | The Portland Catholic Archdiocese Priest Abuse Document Archive
"These people knowingly aided and abetted serial child rapists and should be held accountable," said Bill Crane, Oregon spokesman for SNAP.
Bill Crane responds to Bishop Vlasny
SNAP Oregon Coordinator
So far, Vlazny and other Catholic Church leaders in Oregon have not done enough to reach out to victims, said Bill Crane
belongs to a group called SNAP
, short for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
Crane said he was molested by a priest in New Jersey before he "fled" to Oregon in 1992.
saw it, the Salem service fell short of providing true compassion and comfort for victims.
"This is supposed to be a healing service, but no voices of survivors were heard," he
"That's not moving in the direction of disclosure.
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"It was a powerful encounter where victim-survivors came together to identify ways to support each other, encourage other victims to join us, and develop a game plan for challenging civil authorities to act," said Bill Crane, Jr., SNAP State Director from Oregon."Based on the poor response of the Bishops to victims, and their non-compliance with the Dallas Charter, we must seek recourse through common-sense revisions in state law by legislators, and through tougher enforcement of the law by prosecutors to make perpetrators accountable", said Crane of Clackamas, OR.
Portland archdiocese seeks disclosure of name in sex abuse suit
"Archbishop Vlazny just doesn't get it," said Bill Crane of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.