The measures are unprecedented: "Abuse panels" in nearly every diocese … the training of millions of children and adults (including 99 percent of all priests) to recognize signs of abuse … intensified screening of seminarians and other Church employees … strict annual audits for compliance of procedures … a "zero tolerance" policy that is so strict that accused priests feel abandoned by their bishops … and billions of dollars in settlements and therapy for victims.
Yet despite all of these dramatic actions undertaken by the Catholic Church, according to the always hyperbolic SNAP President Barbara Blaine, "nothing's changed" in the handling of abuse cases and "[bishops] are still saying now what they said in 1993."
Blaine's latest loopy salvo was made in an Australian newspaper.
Fading into oblivion with an agenda exposed
Blaine's attack reveals that the very survival of SNAP rests in its ability to dupe the public into believing that this decades-old story is somehow "new."
In addition, in order to keep the hysteria alive, Blaine has allied herself with radical organizations like the pro-abortion Feminist Majority. She has also aligned with wild-eyed Church bashers like Barry Lynn and noted anti-Catholic bigots like Geoffrey Robertson and Richard Dawkins.
Through all this – and the fact that SNAP's own tax records reveal almost no financial support for victims whatsoever – Blaine reveals that SNAP ultimately is just a tired, anti-Catholic organization masquerading as a victims group.
And if there were any doubt that the issue of child abuse is just a pretext for SNAP's hatred of the Church, one does not need to look further than Blaine's passionate letter of support on behalf of a Louisiana SNAP psychiatrist who was arrested with over 100 images of kiddie porn on his computer. (See TheMediaReport.com, August 8, 2011.) Whatever happened to support for child sex victims?
Fortunately, the truth is finally catching up with SNAP as its relevance and credibility begin to fade into the sunset.