Cardinal Law is a scapegoat. There are many worse out there who have not paid as Cardinal Law as paid. SNAP and the rest have an agenda and it is not just about abuse.
Let us not forget the good Cardinal Law has done for the faith. He helped with the CCC. He spoke out against the so-called common ground fiasco.
Cardinal Law made mistakes, but he is being persecuted to an extent that is uncalled for. There is much more blame to go around and many more heads may roll and they may have done much worse things than Law.
In this case, the use of the metaphor becomes a means of exerting psychological and emotional pressure. Survivor becomes a “talismanic” word, aimed at causing an ideological transshipment of the public.11
The word *survivor* is used in a subtle and emotionally charged way, giving it a new and almost magic power that goes much beyond its semantic value. It confers a kind of new ontological quality upon the person to whom it refers and puts him above those who did not participate in his experience. Being a *survivor* becomes like a new “sacrament,” which gives him an authority to pronounce himself in an uncontestable way.
SNAP’s official web site, in its Helpful Links from SNAP section, sends one to Rent-A-Priest,5 an association of married priests. For obvious reasons, this association advocates not only the end of priestly celibacy but also women priests and the remarriage of divorced people. It also promotes democracy in the Church.6
It becomes quite clear that SNAP (and other organizations) base their action on an ideology like that of revolutionary Catholic movements that want to democratize the Church, going headlong against the will of Our Lord, Who established the Church as a monarchy in the person of Saint Peter and the Apostles and their successors, the Popes and the bishops. 7
On the Horns of a False Dilemma