SNAP Media Events
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”
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.
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
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Philly’s top Catholic officials to:
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.
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
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.
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
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.