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Abuse victims' leader: Pope's meeting a 'gesture'

1 year ago May 27, 2014 May 27, 2014 Tuesday, May 27 2014 Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:12:57 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

A plan by Pope Francis to meet with a group of sex abuse victims is being criticized by the head of a victims' group as "another gesture" that could prove meaningless.

The meeting, announced on Monday, will mark the first such encounter for the pope, who's been criticized by victims for not expressing personal solidarity with them. It's being organized by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston.

The head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, expressed doubts about the session. David Clohessy says the pope has shown himself capable of making change in areas such as church governance and finance, he hasn't done so in dealing with sex abuse by Catholic clergy.

Clohessy says he's concerned the meeting will bring no real reform.

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