Pope Benedict has named Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali as a special envoy to a church celebration in the Czech Repubilc in June. Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are crying foul.
Rigali will head to the Czech Republic June 18 for the bicentennial celebration of the birth of St. John Nepomuceno Neumann.
SNAP likens the decision to rubbing salt in wounds. “Vatican officials are either incredibly stupid – and no one believes that – or incredibly callous,” reads a statement from SNAP.
The advocacy group says the Pope should have chosen a different cardinal to represent the church, given the current charges against Rigali and says the decision to send him emphasizes the gap between what the Catholic Church says and does regarding child sex abuse cover-ups.
Feed the Feed: Should the Pope send someone else to the Czech Republic?