I have seen this in every parish that I've gone to in my diocese. If you haven't, you need to get on the phone to your chancery NOW.
What you and your SNAP allies need to realize is that Francis' success in this area will not come from paying settlements to activist groups, but will come from his stated opposition to homosexuality. Continued action according to that belief will further eliminate the presence of gay clergy that exploded in the 60's and 70's.
During the seminarian shortages of the 60's and 70's, the queers were recruited and proliferated under the mistaken notion that their sexual orientation (which in and of itself is NOT a sin) would not be acted upon, since celibacy was required. "No 'sex,' no sin." Of course, I suspect that the fellows who pushed this notion were probably gay themselves!
Some homosexuals, BTW, have always been drawn to the clergy. There have been homosexual popes, bishops, abbots, etc, throughout the ages.
I have no idea who SNAP is, so that reference means nothing to me, sorry. I am speaking as a singular person and with my experiences. I don’t think it is fair to accuse people of being “activists” like it is a bad thing, when you have no idea where they are coming from.
I’m worried that they are just using words, not putting them into action. When a priest at our church molested some boys, he was just moved to another church without the new church being warned. He had been put at our church in charge of alter boys after he was removed from his previous church for molesting little boys. Maybe if our church had been given a heads up, he wouldn’t have been put in charge of alter boys and gotten access to new unsuspecting victims. Do you understand where I am coming from now? It’s not about money, it’s about protecting the children. I still see where this hasn’t stopped, it is going on in cases across the country. The Archdiocese of Boston was just FORCED to take priests out that had been left in place while they had court cases going on with valid complaints. Why didn’t the Archdiocese put them in administrative roles away from children until it was settled? Isn’t it better to be safe than sorry???? How would you feel if your child was one of the victims?
I’m not trying to start a big issue, it is just one person talking about my personal feelings. Obviously we are on different ends of this opinion, but it seems we both have reasons to believe what we believe. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone I was just stating how I felt.
I pray very often that the church will come back to being a wonderful place that I can have faith in again, but as in all things, once you lose trust in someone or something, it takes a lot to trust them again.
God is the ultimate judge of things. He is the only one that truly knows what is in the hearts of everyone.