SNAP Media Events

MO--Wrongful death lawsuit vs. archdiocese settles; SNAP news conf. 11:15 a.m.

Wrongful death suit vs. archdiocese settles

Parents of young man who died by suicide to speak for 1st time

His death led to first “assisted suicide” trial in MO in 100 years

Abusive cleric was convicted of molesting another boy & did jail time

Now defrocked, he lives in St. Charles Co. and is reportedly married

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, parents of a young St. Louis man who died by suicide will speak for the first time about 

--his tragic death and 

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TX--Victims oppose archbishop’s pending promotion

Victims to leaflet outside Catholic church

The pastor was accused of molesting a boy

And they oppose archbishop’s pending promotion

Soon, it’s likely he will become head of all US prelates

But group says DiNardo should “withdraw from the race & stay home

SNAP: “For kids’ safety & victims’ healing, he should work on prevention here

WHAT

Handing out fliers to church-goers as they leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Houston’s top Catholic official to

--end his campaign to become head of all US bishops next week, and

--post names, photos & records of ALL predator priests (not just the ones who are sued), and

-- do the same with religious order clerics, so that kids can be protected and victims can heal.

They will also urge

--parishioners to be careful around their pastor who was accused of molesting a boy and

--anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups by Houston clerics to “come forward, protect kids, expose secrets, deter wrongdoing and start healing” by calling independent sources of help (therapists, police prosecutors, support groups), NOT church officials.

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CO--Victims blast archbishop & leaflet downtown church today

Victims blast past Denver archbishop

Church officials keep quiet about cult-like group here

Its founder abused kids in Peru & others allegedly did so too

SNAP members will hand out leaflets to Cathedral mass-goers

Several members with the controversial group are now in Sheridan

And the widely-criticized organization has run a local retreat center

Advocates ask Catholic staffers to “disclose predators & warn flock

 

WHAT: Handing leaflets to parishioners as they arrive for mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Colorado’s top Catholic officials to:

–– “come clean” about their support for a controversial, ultra-conservative Catholic cult-like group whose founder is a confirmed child molester (and seven other officials are accused of wrongdoing),

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CA-–Sex offender returned to ministry by Antiochian Orthodox Church

Bishop pleaded guilty to groping a woman in a Michigan casino in 2004

Cleric spent time in jail and was on the sex offender registry

Retired after his conviction, the head of the Antiochians recently appointed him to lead the Diocese of Los Angeles

A victims’ group condemns this action, calling it “unbelievable, dangerous and callous”

 

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos, sex abuse victims and their supporters will hold a press conference outside the cathedral of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to:

-- publicize the recent appointment of Bishop Demetri Matta Khoury to assist Metropolitan Joseph G. Al-Zehlaoui in the administration of the diocese,

-- provide information about Khoury’s 2003 arrest, and subsequent 2004 conviction and sentence, and

-- blast the Church for making such a misguided decision and placing women and girls at risk.

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PA--Victims blast Philly archbishop

Victims blast Philly archbishop

He brings controversial group here

Its founder & his top aide abused kids

Several with the order are now in Philly parish

Advocates say Chaput “must denounce predators”

SNAP also charges “Pope’s visit last year changed nothing”

Local Catholic officials “ignore Francis’ pledges,” victims allege

Pontiff said ‘enablers’ would be ‘held accountable’ but they aren’t, SNAP feels

 

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Philly’s top Catholic officials to:

  • “come clean” about importing a controversial, ultra-conservative Catholic cult-like order (Sodalitium Christianae Vitae) whose founder is a confirmed child molester,
  • stop promoting the order and start warning other US bishops about it, and
  • act on the promises Pope Francis made in Philly a year ago by exposing and disciplining even a few priests who hid or ignored child sex crimes, and disclose more about clergy sex abuse cases.
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IL--Belleville priest sued for abuse for first time

Belleville priest sued for abuse for first time

Cleric is still head of a parish in Waterloo now

He sexually exploited a vulnerable counselee

And he admitted to her other violations of his vows

With his help, she was a new convert to Catholicism

He’s one of more than a dozen African priests in diocese

Victim is revealing her name and issuing a public statement

SNAP: “For the safety of parishioners & the public,” cleric should be suspended

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will 
--disclose that a new abuse and cover up lawsuit is being filed against a Belleville Catholic priest and his church supervisors,

--provide his photo and work history and

--urge Belleville’s bishop to suspend the priest.

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NY--Group to victims: “Careful with Cardinal’s plan”

Group to victims: “Careful with Cardinal’s plan

Advocates feel it’s designed “to keep cover ups covered up

Instead, they push for a new church whistleblower reward fund

And Dolan should not ask victims to give up their legal rights, they say   

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NJ--Walk and rally held today on child sex laws

For immediate release: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Walk & rally held today on child sex laws

Victims want statute of limitations reformed

In 3 states, group wants “better child safety laws”

Legislation has been introduced in NJ, PA & NY

 

NJ State Senator will also address the group in Trenton

A walk through Trenton and a rally at the State House will be held today calling for legislators in three states to reform statutes of limitations to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to “help protect kids, expose predators, deter cover ups and heal victims” in both the criminal and civil courts.

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CA--Catholic teacher arrested for sexual abuse

Victim’s group: “Bishop must do outreach now”

SNAP: “others may be suffering alone and in silence”

First court appearance for the accused is September 19th 

Survivors also urge officials to teach kids that women can be predators too

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

-- discuss the case of a newly-arrested abusive school teacher,

-- stress the likelihood that she may have hurt kids at TWO schools, not just one,

They will also beg Catholic and school officials to

-- educate kids and parents that women abuse too,

--“reach out to girls who may still be suffering alone and in silence,”

-- use their resources to beg those who may have experienced, witnessed or suspected abuse by this teacher to come forward, and

-- “come clean” to law enforcement investigators about any prior allegations of inappropriate behavior with students in the interest of public safety.

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SC--State’s largest church loses three men

Two face recent charges of child sex crimes
 
The 3rd, the head pastor, was fired for “alcohol abuse”
 
Group urges “independent investigation” into “network”
 
“Independent churches are ripe for wrongdoing,” SNAP says
 
WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will 
--blast officials at a state-wide mega-church where two volunteers were recently charged with abuse and the ‘founding pastor’ has been fired for “unfortunate choices and decisions,"
 
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes, cover ups or other misconduct there to call secular authorities, not church officials, and
 
--warn church-goers that abuse and cover up is sometimes more prevalent in independent mega-churches that are often started and dominated by powerful personalities and lack any real “checks and balances” that are usually found in more established denominations.

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GA--Victim of pedophile priest speaks for first time

Last month, man reached $4.5 million settlement

The convicted child molester now lives in Maryland

But he spent years in Georgia working in five towns

Group wants Savannah bishop to “do aggressive outreach

“With some effort, pedophile might be locked up again,” SNAP says

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Georgia man who was repeatedly molested as a boy by the state’s most notorious pedophile priest will speak publicly for the first time about his experiences and his sizeable settlement last month with Savannah Catholic officials. He’ll be joined by his attorney.

And clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--blast Catholic officials in four states for their handling of the priest,

--urge them to “do aggressive outreach” so he might be prosecuted again, and

--beg anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered his crimes” to call police or prosecutors immediately.

 

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MO--Victims hit with “unprecedented” court order

Victims hit with “unprecedented” court order

Group resists complying, citing members’ privacy and safety fears

SNAP faces potential "contempt of court” for protecting victims

In unique case, a twice-accused priest alleges 6 person “conspiracy

But support group says “We just can’t disclose crime victims’ names

SNAP: “To do so so would violate victims', witnesses' and others' privacy rights”


WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose that

--a St. Louis judge has ordered SNAP to turn over abuse victims’ names to a twice-accused predator priest,

--never in its nearly 30 year history has the group been hit with such “a broad and troubling court ruling,”

--it has already turned over “hundreds of pages” of emails (with many names redacted), but

--it fears if it does not comply it will soon be found “in contempt” and sanctioned by the judge for not disclosing information containing victims’ names    

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IL--Victims push for stronger child sex abuse laws

Victims push for stronger child sex abuse laws

They predict: “Hastert will try to get out early

Group says “Give us more time to expose predators

It backs both new federal plan and state reform too

SNAP also honors one of Hastert’s victims who spoke up in court

WHAT:

Carrying signs and childhood photos, in the wake of Dennis Hastert’s imprisonment, abuse victims march through downtown Chicago and hold a news conference.

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MO--The 50th local St. L area abusive priest is sued

The 50th local St. Louis area abusive priest is sued

Cleric has never been accused or sued before

The victim, Tom Viviano, speaks publicly for 1st time

Two other priests, man says, saw but didn’t stop the crimes

SNAP to others: “Even if perpetrator is dead, it’s important to speak up

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a clergy sex abuse victim will speak for the first time publicly and disclose that

--his new child sex abuse and cover up case is being filed,

--it “outs” a never-before-accused local Catholic priest, and

--at least two other priests saw the abuse happened but did not stop it.

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RI--Victims prod bishop on accused priests

Victims prod RI bishop on accused priests

He’s keeping names of at least 95 accused clerics hidden

Five other predators abused elsewhere but worked in RI

Support group discloses their identities & pushes for “openness

It says Catholic officials “endanger kids” with “continued secrecy

Bishop should also post child molesting clerics' names, victims say

SNAP: “Roughly thirty other bishops across the US have done this

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose that at least

--95 accused predator priests in Rhode Island remain hidden, and

--five predator priests who abused elsewhere also worked in RI but have attracted little or no public or media attention here.

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