Groups blast Vatican before UN panel
Victims & advocates file detailed new complaint
Top Catholic officials will soon be questioned in Geneva
A similar UN panel harshly criticized church after first such hearing
This time, it's the Committee Against Torture looking at church hierarchy
Groups document on-going Catholic child sex abuse scandal as 'acts of torture'
Their goal: to “expose, punish & deter widespread & systematic sexual violence”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, leaders of an abuse victims’ support group and a human rights organization will disclose and discuss their new formal complaint to a United Nations panel that sharply criticizes top Catholic officials for enabling and concealing sexual violence.
Next month in Geneva, Vatican officials will appear in person before that panel.
Monday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Child sex lawsuit filed against Chaminade
SNAP: “No MO Catholic school has had more predators”
This accused cleric was arrested in IL on child sex charge
He's one of eight credibly accused abusive local Marianists
One of them, “outed” in 2012, now faces at least 15 accusers
Group urges local Catholic officials to “post predators names
And it urges other victims, witnesses & whistleblowers to “speak up”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose that another clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit is being filed against a West County Catholic school called Chaminade Prep.
They will also prod Chaminade officials to publicly disclose and post on the school website the names, photos and current whereabouts of all credibly accuse child molesters who have worked there
And they will beg victims of predators at Chaminade, Vianney and St. Mary’s high schools to NOT contact church or school officials, but instead to contact law enforcement
Abuse victims challenge Bob Jones U.
They want predators' names posted on line
School officials accused of concealing more allegations
Nationally prominent minister accused of child sex abuse
SNAP: “BJU should investigate whether its staff hid wrongdoing
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will prod Bob Jones University officials to
–launch an independent investigation into alleged cover-ups of child sex crimes and/or sexual harassment accusations that have surfaced recently against a nationally-known minister, and
–permanently post the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused sex offenders who are or have been at the university on the school's website.
Victims and supporters blast new pope abuse panel
They're worried it's “mostly public relations”
SNAP: Vulnerable kids need action, not more “study”
A list of 20 “practical prevention steps” will be released
Groups are also highly critical of Boston's Cardinal O'Malley
“Every single bishop should post names of child molesting clerics,” victims say
Victims challenge archbishop on three priests
All are “credibly accused” child molesters, they say
None of them have been exposed before in Seattle
Two of them still live in the state; one is deceased
One fathered four kids with Alaskan native women
Another was deemed “unsuitable for the priesthood”
But church officials tell no one about him, group charges
SNAP: “Archbishop should come clean and post all predators' names”
Victims challenge new Bridgeport bishop
They're worried about two accused clerics
One abused an adult woman but is in a parish right now
Another is on 'tribunal' despite three accusations against him
Group wants prelate to bring in “outside investigators”
And it applauds him for meeting with concerned Catholics
SNAP: “But listening to your flock doesn't protect children”
Bishop should post names of child molesting clerics, victims say
Victims seek bishop's help
Two predator priests now live in Venice diocese
One was sued for molesting 2 kids in Louisiana
The other one admitted abusing a child in Arizona
Group worries about “unsuspecting neighbors & trusting parents”
They want Catholic officials to “warn police, parishioners and the public”
And they're upset that, just weeks ago, a predator lived on church property
Nun speaks out against bishop
In rare move, she & others appeal to Pope
They want KC prelate disciplined over abuse
She was once church “insider” & helped victims
Now, she outlines several “continuing failures” by Finn
And SNAP praise those seeking justice through church channels
Two new rulings in wrongful death cases
Archdiocese loses in cases of victims' suicides
In one, unusual suit moves closer toward a trial
In another, Carlson loses & insurance company wins
Both stem from charges that Catholic priests assaulted boys
SNAP also blasts church officials over delay in high profile trial
Notorious predator priest may be in Dallas
Until recently, he lived in Oak Lawn complex
Grand jury said he's “remorseful” & “brutal ex-priest"
Neighbors discovered he lied about his past & exposed him
Ex-cleric acted "creepy" & used pool to gain access to kids
Group to Catholic bishop: “Protect kids & warn your flock!”
Victims also want all child molesting clerics put on church websites
Victims push for more predator priest files
And they react to action by United Nations panel
SNAP testified about Chicago abuse case in Geneva
Group wants Cardinal George to release more records
“Opening the Fr. McCormack files is crucial,” victims say
Minister abused & harassed woman, new suit says
Clergyman has now started a new church in Hazelwood
From pulpit, AME official said victim is “the devil” and “going to hell”
Church process “was degrading and humiliating,” lawsuit charges
Suit: “Officials want to harass and deter victims of sexual assault from reporting”
SNAP deplores church figures for not calling police & retaliating against woman
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
– disclose a new civil lawsuit charging that an African American minister sexually harassed and assaulted a female staffer and church member,
– urge officials with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church to aggressively reach out to others who “saw, suspected or suffered” the ministers crimes, and
– prod anyone with information or suspicions of crimes or misdeeds by the minister to “come forward, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.
Victims focus on 3 predator priests
Two are new, “outed” for 1st time this week
Neither has attracted public attention in Chicago
One eventually went to India, the other to Las Vegas
The 3rd is the most prolific abuser: at least 35 victims
He worked mostly in African American neighborhoods
As church-goers enter mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers highlighting three predator priests whose records were released this week.
Two of them were "outed" for the first time on Tuesday. The third is perhaps Chicago's most prolific predator priest (with at least 35 victims).
The leaflets urge Chicago Catholics to
--help them track down where other suspected or defrocked pedophile priests are living or working now, so their unsuspecting neighbors might be warned that dangerous men are nearby,
--ask their loved ones if any of them were hurt by child molesting clerics, and
--insist that archdiocesan officials punish the “enablers” - the church staffers who ignored or hid evidence or warnings of clergy sex crimes, especially those clerics whose names appear in the soon-to-be-released records.
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:45 a.m.
Victims want law enforcement to “step up”
Group urges more action by police & prosecutors
"Use bully pulpit to beg others to come forward," SNAP says
And victims want a bishop ousted from board of a boys' home
“Others who concealed abuse must be disciplined too,” they say
That's never happens & that's why cover ups continue, SNAP contends
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Chicago law enforcement officials to
--aggressively and publicly beg those with knowledge or suspicions of clergy sex crimes to step forward,
–launch grand jury investigations into the ongoing church abuse & cover up scandal, and
--be more resourceful about bringing ANY kind of charge against complicit officials.
The group will also urge the Chicago Catholic hierarchy to
--remove a “complicit” bishop from the board of a local boys home, and
--prevent future cover ups by punishing other “enablers” - the church staffers who ignored or hid evidence or warnings of clergy sex crimes, especially those clerics whose names appear in the just-released, long-secret church abuse records.
TODAY, Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1:45 p.m.
Victims prod Polish government
They want two accused clerics to face justice
Group to secular authorities: “Insist on their return”
Leading advocate to Catholic officials: “Pressure the Vatican"
SNAP wants “aggressive outreach” to possible victims in Poland