American clergy sex abuse victims have released a ”dirty dozen” list of potential papal candidates – including Australia’s George Pell – and are urging the Catholic Church to ”get serious” about protecting children, helping victims and exposing corruption. ”We want to urge Catholic prelates to stop pretending the worst is over regarding the clergy sex abuse and cover-up crisis,”
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests director David Clohessy said. ”Tragically, the worst is almost certainly ahead.” The organisation cited a dozen cardinals from the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Italy, Australia, Czech Republic, Canada, Argentina and Ghana accused of protecting paedophile priests and making offensive public statements. They are all considered contenders to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.