A carefully-orchestrated media strategy that led many US commentators to hail what appeared to them to be the Pope's courage and decency in meeting with five U. Sambi claimed that the idea that the Vatican had not understood the gravity of the sex abuse issue had disappeared. P., the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, the largest organization of clergy sex abuse victims in the United States. For the past five years, my media company has provided services pro-bono to SNAP in legal battles by survivors of clergy sex abuse against the Diocese of Los Angeles and its rogue Cardinal Roger Mahoney, the most powerful prelate in the U. It is this rogue Cardinal who has obstructed justice and aided and abetted his priestly rapists, many who have been convicted or are now fugitives -- on the run from arrest warrants."The Pope has shown the way to finally overcome this humiliating conduct."I am a supporter of S. (Lionsgate Films), produced by CNN's Amy Berg, proved these well-known accusations and showed documented courtroom proof beyond any reasonable doubt, on how the Vatican and U. visit in April avoided both Cardinal Mahoney in California, and the Diocese of Boston (both hotbeds of clergy sex abuse).


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And if denied, they had promised to demonstrate peacefully everywhere the Pope went. Last year, victims of clergy sex abuse from SNAP, had completely surrounded Cardinal Mahoney's $100 million dream cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Each adult wore a large photo of him or herself as a child at the time that he/she was raped or molested by one of the Diocese priests or nuns. It came from Archbishop William Joseph Levana, emeritus of San Francisco, recently promoted to the number two man as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican.

Pressure came from Archbishop Angelo Amato -- secretary of the same office.

Pope Benedict was very uncomfortable meeting with the five representative victims who had been raped by priests and had their lives and families changed forever. The Pope was visibly embarrassed and in agony throughout the whole encounter.

Benedict promised to end the stall tactics of his Bishops and to speed up the turning over of pedophile priests and secret documents to law enforcement.

S top cardinals such as Mahoney fight and mislead all involved, including law enforcement, victims, their families, and parishioners. The Pope had the good PR sense to avoid both of them.

I mention PR because over the years the Vatican and the Diocese of Los Angeles has hired the most ruthless lawyers and damage-control public relations experts that collection-box money can buy. Times and other publications published this fact, the parishioners forced Mahoney to fire Sitrick, but not until after he had already paid this company 0,000 in 2003 for only three months of services. The three law firms that the Diocese keeps on constant retainer, coupled with the recent 0 million settlements paid to sex abuse victims, has caused an outrage amongst many Catholics and law enforcement officials.

The meeting was forced upon the Pope by the victims.

These victims, both SNAP members and Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), had demanded a meeting. The media had a field day and covered it extensively. The Pope finally agreed to meet the victims after pressure from within the Vatican.

And pressure came from Father Federico Lombardi, the devout Jesuit priest who is the new press secretary to the Vatican.

Levana is an expert in avoiding prosecution for obstructing justice.

He promised transparency and a place for Catholic victims of pedophile priests in the so-called Programs of Awareness of Sex Abuse in the Church.

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