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ITALY - “No one from Curia should be made pope,” victims say

  • “No one from Curia should be made pope,” victims say
  • Group also wants some older cardinals out of Monday meeting
  • SNAP worries Vatican insiders are tied to corruption & last 2 popes
  • “That makes ‘cleaning house’ & exposing cover ups tougher,” it says
  • Victims urge top church staff to try to persuade some peers to “go home”
  • SNAP: Sodano & 5 other “complicit” cardinals should be sent away or stay away
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NY: Victims to Dolan: “take action now"

Victims to Dolan:  “Before conclave, name the predator priests of New York, release sex abuse deposition”

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ITALY - Victims blast Vatican in new United Nations filing

  • Victims blast Vatican in new United Nations filing
  • In 30 page document, they say church breaks UN convention
  • SNAP says top Catholic officials submit one report 14 years later
  • Group accuses Holy See of falling short on prevention & extradition
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ITALY - Victims push Pope for action on his last day

  • Victims push Pope for action on his last day
  • They list 5 things he should do before leaving
  • “Take decisive action now,” self help group urges
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LA - New child sex case filed against Vatican & priest

  • New child sex case filed against Vatican & priest
  • He’s currently facing at least seven criminal charges
  • Cleric spent time in New Orleans and Lake Charles
  • Support group urges bishops to “reach out to victims”
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VA - Serial predator cleric worked in Norfolk

  • Serial predator cleric worked in Norfolk 
  • More than 80 kids say he molested them
  • Eleven settlements were just disclosed in January
  • He committed suicide a week after announcement
  • Church officials in five states concealed allegations
  • SNAP: “How many other child molesting clerics are still hidden?”
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CA - Child sex victims want two new abuse grand juries

  • Child sex victims want two new abuse grand juries
  • SNAP: “Such widespread wrongdoing merits a 2nd look”
  • Group shows examples of excessive archdiocesan redactions
  • Victims say Catholic officials are still protecting other Catholic officials
  • Police probe is good but grand jury subpoena powers are better, group says
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MO - Coach accused of child sex crimes

  • Coach accused of child sex crimes
  • In unusual twist, he’s not identified
  • The accusers don’t remember his name
  • Man taught swimming lessons at the YMCA
  • Lawsuit alleges he abused two boys for a year
  • Victims support group begs others to come forward
  • “YMCA must reach out to other victims, witnesses & whistleblowers” SNAP says
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WA - Victims to archbishop: Where are the predators?

  • Victims to archbishop: Where are the predators?
  • Eleven Seattle area clerics at two schools are accused
  • SNAP: “Catholic officials should say where they are now”
  • Such disclosures “help protect children,” support group says
  • It also backs bill in Olympia to lift “predator-friendly deadline”
  • Proposal would help child victims expose pedophiles in court
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CA - Victims beg Catholics “Read abuse files”

  • Victims beg Catholics “Read abuse files”
  • And they urge ex-church staff: “Help fill in gaps”
  • Group believes archdiocese records are incomplete
  • SNAP: “Now’s the time for witnesses & whistleblowers to step up”
  • Mahony’s restriction & Curry’s resignation are “weak,” victims say
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MI - Serial predator cleric worked near Detroit

  • Serial predator worked near Detroit
  • He committed suicide on Saturday in PA
  • More than 80 kids say he molested them
  • Eleven settlements were just disclosed last week
  • Church officials in four states concealed allegations
  • SNAP: “How many other child molesting clerics are still hidden?”
  • Group asks challenges local archbishop: “Come clean re secret deals here”
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TX - Preacher molested “another” TX boy, DA says

  • Preacher molested “another” TX boy, DA says
  • Minister pled guilty last week to molesting five kids
  • Victims want Dallas church officials to “seek out others”
  • Group says most Baptists are “very irresponsible” in child sex cases 
  • And it believes “more TX victims are still suffering in silence & shame”
  • SNAP urges ex-Prestonwood staff and members to call law enforcement
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PA - Recently ‘outed’ priest worked in Pittsburgh

  • Recently ‘outed’ priest worked in Pgh
  • Victims urge Catholic bishop to do outreach
  • “How many other child molesting clerics is he hiding?”
  • “Step up now & go beyond the bare minimum,” SNAP says
  • Group will release five pages from NH attorney general report on the pedophile priest
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PA - Victims blast bishop over secrecy about predator

  • Victims blast bishop over secrecy about predator
  • SNAP suspects prelate kept silent about allegation for a year
  • “How many other accusations is the bishop hiding?” group asks
  • Support group discloses that just “outed” cleric was at a third school too
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CA - Event: Victims blast Archdiocese, Cardinal

  • Event: Victims blast Archdiocese, Cardinal
  • Hundreds of newly exposed documents show extent of sex abuse and cover up in LA
  • Documents show Cardinal personally involved in abuse cases
  • He covered up for abusers, keeping them in ministry for years
  • Other abusers were paid secret salaries or “sent out of town” to avoid police
  • Mahony, church officials must be held accountable for crimes, victims say
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