Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Praise the promise that Pope Francis has made to hold the sex abusers responsible for their crimes
For years, the Catholic Church has attempted to cover up child sex abuse crimes. Pope Francis has made a formal apology to the six men and women who are sex abuse victims that have come forward and has issued a call to action to the bishops who have refused to acknowledge the abuse.
Although action must be taken to bring justice to the victims, Pope Francis has taken a step in the right direction. Barbara Blaine, President of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), reminded everyone that Pope Francis has merely spoken about the sex abuse and has yet to do anything; however, Pope Francis has stated the Catholic Church’s “zero tolerance” policy for sex abuse and has even dismissed an archbishop for abusing children.
With both a mass and a meeting at his home, Pope Francis has made sure that the victims are heard. In his mass’ homily, Pope Francis stated that sex abuse has severe effects on victims from addiction, to suicide, to strained relationships. He also said that he and the Catholic Church have taken each case to heart.
With the counsel of the Commission for the Protection of Minors, whose members include sex abuse victims, Pope Francis will hopefully continue to console sex abuse victims. Please thank Pope Francis for in the very least shedding light on the sex abuse cases that have arisen over the years within the Catholic Church.
Dear Pope Francis,
Years of covering up sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church are practically equivalent to the crime itself. Thank you for being the first pope to acknowledge the atrocities that have happened within the Catholic Church. I am writing to show my gratitude for your work thus far to prosecute the sex abusers within the Catholic Church and to counsel sex abuse victims who are at times driven to addiction, to suicide, and to isolation by their suffering.
Members of the Catholic Church should be able to trust their leaders and know that they are in a safe and supportive community. Please continue to bring justice to the victims of sex abuse in the Catholic Church and to punish the abuse in order to ensure that sex abuse is eliminated.
[Your Name Here]
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