We Honor Richard Sipe and Mourn His Passing
Another warrior has fallen.
Sadly, A.W. Richard Sipe passed away on August 8th. He was a courageous soul who did battle with the ignorance, arrogance, and mindless authoritarianism of the largest institution in the world, the Roman Catholic Church. He engaged with passion and argued with facts and research. He stood alongside survivors and fought with us and for us. He was a comrade in arms, linked to all of us.
Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Richard recognized his heroism and courage, which may not be apparent to those on the outside. We shall carry our warm memories forward and keep them close. Richard was indeed a hero, and his bravery will inspire us as we continue to move forward. He will be sorely missed.
We here at SNAP honor A. W. Richard Sipe and mourn his passing.
SNAP Board of Directors
Richard spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest and trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of priests. He conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. He served as a consultant and expert witness in hundreds of civil and criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Richard is known internationally for his many books and studies.
Here, Richard and Phil Saviano discuss the church's response to allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct.
Richard has four books on SNAP's recommended reading list: Courage At Three AM, Sex, Priests and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis, Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse, and Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited.
2018 SNAP Conference in Chicago
The conference was a great success and we really appreciate your feedback. SNAP will strive to make next year’s conference even better using the information that you shared with us. We want to share with you some of the highlights of those evaluations.
This was the first year that we lived streamed the conference. We experienced some technical difficulties that we will work to correct before next year’s conference. The links for the videos are listed after the conference evaluation highlights.
The SNAP Conference Committee
- Great, Wonderful, Excellent, Fantastic, Awesome
- Moving in the right direction
- Supportive, Rewarding, Powerful
- Very well put together
- Great Speakers
- Most Fun
- Smaller numbers disappointing
- Informative, Positive
- Broad Scope of Speakers
- Gave Great Hope and Gratitude
- Thrilled to view on YouTube
- Much better than last year
- Speakers-Victor Vieth, Tom Doyle, Guila Benchimol, Torah Bontrager, Ashley Easter, Chrissie Foster, B. A.
- Breakouts- Kate Bochte, Bill Jenkins, Gong Wash Dr Marny Turvill
- Interaction with other survivors
- Meeting friends, making new ones
- Survivors telling their stories
- Strength of speakers
- Inspired by research and progress all over the world
- Variety of breakout sessions
- Feeling of being connected
- It gave me Hope
- YouTube Videos
One Thing to Change
- More guidance and resources
- Improve technical issues/power points
- Longer breaks, shorter days, more days
- Leadership connection with attendees
- Less options on breakouts
- First Timers’ Q & A session
- More international speakers
- Change SNAP name not food stamps
- Longer Lunchtime
- Better translators
- Improve the live streaming
Watch the SNAP Conference Online!
Conference Video Links
Watch Time 474 hours, 2,201 views, 68 likes, 2 dislikes, 64 shares
Friday - Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda , International Panel https://youtu.be/v9HaESzra7A
Saturday - Victor Vieth https://youtu.be/0jdCYDk8D3Y
Saturday - Tom Doyle, Michell Garabedian https://youtu.be/04GO5O4pb8Y
Saturday – Torah Bontrager, Bishops Accountability https://youtu.be/UQbs58b1BG8
Saturday – Chrissie Foster https://youtu.be/BHt7zRIrQBg
Sunday – Jodi Hobbs, Rachel Grant, Guila Benchimol, Founders Award, Tim Lennon https://youtu.be/LN31lInu07Q
Stop Child Sexual Abuse
If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately.
If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.
Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line.