April 16, 2005

SNAP calls five cardinals 'morally unacceptable' as papal candidates

Catholic News Service

By Benedicta Cipolla
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Five cardinals are "morally unacceptable as papal candidates" because they do not understand the gravity of priestly sex abuse of minors, said a U.S. advocacy and support group for abuse survivors.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, released the names at an April 15 press conference in Rome, urging other electors to exclude the five cardinals from consideration. They are:

-- Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

-- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City.

-- Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of state under Pope John Paul II.

-- Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy under the late pope.

-- Cardinal Francisco Errazuriz Ossa of Santiago, Chile.

Posted by kshaw at April 16, 2005 08:15 AM