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US campaigners for sex abuse victims held after Vatican protest

AJ Contributor

Four American campaigners for the victims of clerical sex abuse were this morning detained by police after holding an “unauthorised” demonstration on the edge of St Peter’s Square to protest against decades of Church “silence”.

Barbara Blaine, Peter Isely, John Pilmaier and Barbara Dorris from the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) were talking to reporters about sex abuse cases, including revelations by the New York Times about the alleged role of Pope Benedict XVI in covering up the case of the late Father Lawrence Murphy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, when they were approached by police and asked for their passports.

Full story: US campaigners for sex abuse victims held after Vatican protest – Times Online