Church seeks 19 year old victim’s records

  • Church seeks 19 year old victim’s records
  • Catholic officials try new hardball tactic again
  • It’s the 1st time here & only 2nd time in SNAP’s history
  • Predator priest, now allegedly “missing,” was convicted years before
  • But archdiocese put him back into a parish & kept him on duty til 2002
  • Now, archbishop wants thousands of pages of other “private” documents
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Victims ‘diss’ bishops’ upcoming meetings

  • Victims ‘diss’ bishops’ upcoming meetings
  • Six sessions - with prosecutor- start this weekend
  • SNAP urges parishioners to push for five specific reforms
  • It begs Catholics to “ask tough questions & insist on straight answers
  • "Enforcement,” not “education” is what’s lacking, support group says
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MO Supreme Court rules against SNAP

  • MO Supreme Court rules against SNAP
  • Victims group refuses to disclose names
  • For first time ever, SNAP head is deposed
  • Lawyers for predators want 1000s of records
  • But the organization is not turning them over
  • Group vows to keep on "protecting privacy"
  • It calls legal maneuver a "new low in church hardball tactics"
  • Victims blast Catholic bishop & priest for "unprecedented attack"
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Accused priest may be in court today

  • Accused priest may be in court today
  • He’s the 3rd alleged Sac predator priest in 6 months
  • Victims blast Catholic officials for tolerating “bullying
  • SNAP: He lets church staff & members “intimidate” others
  • They want Bishop Soto to discipline a local pastor for his court actions
  • Group begs victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to “come forward now
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Clergy sex victims blast bishop

  • Clergy sex victims blast bishop
  • Allegations vs. just-ousted priest had surfaced years ago
  • But no one was warned, SNAP contends, so kids were at risk
  • And local Catholic officials deceived the public, self help group says
  • SNAP also wants Jeff City diocese to move cleric from his Jeff City parish
  • Victims say prelate should “come clean” & admit that accused priest had child porn
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New clergy sex abuse & cover up case is filed

  • New clergy sex abuse & cover up case is filed
  • Predator priest taught recently at NJ school
  • Church officials misled victim, lawsuit asserts
  • Other men charge they were molested by cleric too
  • Victim appeals to Governor for help reforming “predator-friendly” laws
  • Group urges others who “saw, suspected or suffered” crimes to “step forward
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Group challenges bishop over accused predator

  • Group challenges bishop over accused predator
  • Prelate kept secret about child sex accusations for 3 years
  • Catholic officials allegedly “restricted” priest but warned no one
  • Now, he’s been arrested in Canada for molesting at least one child
  • SNAP: “Now, pedophile priests are moved from nation to nation, not just from city to city”
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Victims praise one prosecutor & blast another

  • Victims praise one prosecutor & blast another
  • Brooklyn DA arrests dozens of Orthodox predators
  • But Bronx prosecutor cuts “bizarre deal” with Catholic one
  • Group also praises Jewish victims for “breaking their silence
  • It blasts case where principal was charged, pled & sentenced on same day
  • SNAP: All churches must seek out others who saw, suspected & suffered crimes
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Springfield clergy abuse victim speaks out

  • Local clergy abuse victim speaks out
  • Lawsuit says 3 priests abused him as a boy
  • Victim, now 40, speaks publicly here for first time
  • He wants Springfield bishop to “reach out” to other victims
  • Predator worked here at Catholic cathedral for three years
  • This is first case in MO to implicate so many clerics, SNAP says
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Clergy sex victims leaflet about priest

  • Clergy sex victims leaflet about priest 
  •  He was arrested on Monday on child sex charges 
  •  SNAP urges university & church officials to disclose other predators 
  •  And in a rare move, group praises a cleric for “standing up” to his bosses
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New KC diocese whistleblower, fired in June, speaks for first time

  • New diocesan whistleblower speaks
  • He worked for four years at church HQ
  • Man describes “sexually hostile workplace
  • Fired in June, he comes forward for first time now
  • And he’s the 4th “insider” to recently blast diocese
  • This much “breaking ranks” is “unprecedented,” SNAP says
  • Group will also criticize bishop for picking “biased, bizarre shrink
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SNAP responds to new charges vs. bishop

  • SNAP responds to new charges vs. bishop
  • They’re disappointed only Finn is targeted 
  • “Problem is bigger than one person,” they say
  • And deal means no questioning of bishop in court
  • Abuse victims to Jackson Co prosecutor: “No deals!”
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Victims want bishops to push for legislative reform

  • Victims want bishops to push for legislative reform
  • They challenge prelates to back mandatory reporting laws
  • Group blasts Catholic officials for “fixating on internal policies
  • “External reform, in legislatures, is what’s really needed,” they say
  • SNAP: US bishops gathering should also denounce Missouri church officials
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For first time ever, Victims Assistance Coordinator speaks out

  • In “unprecedented move,” nun blasts bishop
  • It’s 1st time ever that an ‘ex-victims director’ speaks out
  • For four years, she worked in KC Catholic headquarters
  • She says bishop “put kids at risk” & must be “accountable
  • And a fifth lawsuit filed against priest who was ousted in June
  • He repeatedly molested boy, once at priests’ notorious lake house
  • There, a second priest “offered boys chance for sexual favors with a girl
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Predator priest’s written confession is released

  • Predator priest’s written confession is released (READ IT HERE)
  • It shows that 16 church officials knew he had molested
  • Yet cleric kept getting parish jobs until six months ago
  • Four top Catholic prelates (& an Episcopalian one) kept silent
  • Clergy sex victims with SNAP will leaflet at cathedral after Mass
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