A victim support group for some 9,000 Americans who say they were sexually abused by Catholic clergymen pressed Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday to take action to protect children from pedophile priests.
Barbara Blaine, head of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP), has big expectations of Pope Benedict's visit next week.
We are looking for the Holy Father to hold the enablers and wrongdoers accountable. Across the United States, we know that thousands of predator priests have been named... we know that tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of children have been abused by predator priests. . .When a predator is enabled and empowered, those who give him that power are equally culpable and we would like the holy father to take action to hold them accountable.
Blaine herself was sexually molested by a priest when she was 12.
The Vatican's second in command says Pope Benedict XVI recognizes the damage and pain caused by the clergy sex abuse crisis and will seek healing during his US trip next week.
Time magazine's cover story this week features the Pope's relationship with the US. Did you know his nickname used to be "God's Rottweiler"?
Do you expect controversy surrounding the visit? Is "seeking healing" enough?