Sex abuse victims release ‘dirty dozen’ papal candidates

Posted at 10:35 AM, Mar 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-07 11:00:13-05

Rome (CNN) — A group representing survivors of sexual abuse by priests named a “Dirty Dozen” list of cardinals it said would be the worst candidates for pope based on their handling of child sex abuse claims or their public comments about the cases.

The listnames three U.S. Roman Catholic cardinals and nine from other countries.

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SNAP, the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, said as it released the list Wednesday that its accusations were based on media reports, legal filings and victims’ statements.

A representative for one of the cardinals on list dismissed the group. The remaining cardinals or their representatives couldn’t be immediately reached by CNN for comment Wednesday.

“I’m not going to respond to this group which has little to no credibility,” said Joseph Zwelling, a spokesman for Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.