In wake of scandal, SNAP leaders go to Europe

Monday, March 22, 2010 | 10:01 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are traveling to Europe in response to allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, who is SNAP's outreach director, will help establish a support chapter and advocate for independent legal investigations. She is among four SNAP leaders being sent to Europe.

Dorris told KMOX Radio that the organization was not surprised by the allegations.

Pope Benedict is urging Catholics to continue to fight against sin but not to judge the sinner. In an address on Sunday at St. Peter's Square, he did not mention his rebuke to Irish bishops for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors.

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