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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Abusive priest is quietly reassigned to MO

  • Accused abusive priest is quietly reassigned
  • He was sued in 2004 in Joliet for molesting a boy
  • Now, new internal church records show he’s in Missouri
  • Lawsuit against him was settled, but church officials stay mum
  • SNAP: “None of predator’s neighbors know of his presence or his past
  • Group urges new bishop & Franciscans to “reach out to others in pain”
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Two new legal moves in clergy sex cases

  • Two new legal moves in clergy sex cases
  • KC bishop “is being dishonest,” group says
  • In unusual move, victim seeks punitive damages vs. diocese
  • SNAP: Finn deceives flock about when cleric was first accused
  • And group announces that a case vs. a different predator can move ahead
  • A western MO judge rejects church officials' claim that victim is “too late
  • Both molesters are still priests and not being supervised, self-help group believes
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Priest is accused of child sex abuse

  • Priest is accused of child sex abuse
  • Catholic officials “quietly” suspend him
  • Victims blast Sacramento bishop for “recklessness
  • SNAP: He’s breaking his pledge to be “open” with sex crimes
  • And he’s violating US church policy which mandates “transparency
  • Group begs victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to “come forward now
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Ex-predator priest is sued

  • Ex-predator priest is sued
  • In 80s, he pled guilty to abusing a boy
  • But archdiocese put him back in a parish
  • Then, from 1997-2001, he molested a girl
  • Now, he walks free & his whereabouts are unknown
  • Cleric’s child sex crimes are the most recent ones known in St. Louis
  • And she’s the youngest MO girl to ever sue an abusive Catholic priest
  • SNAP praises brave teenager & urges others to ‘step forward & call cops
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Abusive priest sued again

  • Abusive priest sued again
  • He molested both girls and boys
  • An earlier case against him settled for $225,000
  • Now in his 80s, cleric is still a priest in KC area
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40+ victims file “unprecedented” new lawsuit

40+ victims file “unprecedented” new lawsuit 

They charge KC’s bishop with “breach of contract”

He breaks 2008 agreement & endangers kids, they say

Suit seeks “continuing supervision” of diocese, not money

Finn pledged to report child sex abuse suspicions to police

But he clearly hid evidence & reports about Ratigan for a year

And for seven months, he kept twice-accused predator priest in parish

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MO - New sex lawsuit filed against priest

  • He’s only been accused once before
  • The victim is incarcerated, but his abuser is not
  • In 2008, KC’s bishop promised to defrock the cleric
  • But three years later, it apparently hasn’t been done
  • Accused priest is now a businessman in Lee’s Summit 
  • Suit implicates now-deceased bishop for the first time
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TX - Abuse victims blast Catholic Charities

  • They call for grand jury investigation
  • Young immigrant child was sodomized at children’s home
  • Staff misled investigators and delayed reporting the crimes
  • Their goal, federal report said, was to “protect” their program
  • SNAP: “Houston’s Cardinal should aggressively seek out others
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MO - Catholic boys home sued for abuse

  • Brothers say they were molested there
  • A staffer saw older kid in bed with younger one
  • Still the abuse continued, new lawsuit contends
  • Archdiocese and archbishop named as defendants
  • Priest who’s now in a parish was also accused of abuse at home
  • He allegedly sexually assaulted three kids but denies allegations
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TX - Group seeks grand jury investigation into school

  • Episcopal officials just found guilty of hiding abuse
  • Clergy sex victims want law enforcement to do more
  • SNAP: “Bishop should aggressively seek out others who were hurt
  • Those “who saw, suspected or suffered crimes must speak up,” group says
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CA - Victims blast Stockton Bishop: Remove accused priest

  • Despite second allegation of abuse, he remains in ministry
  • One case against cleric heads to trial later this year, and
  • Newest case involves young boy, police investigating
  • Follow your own policies and the policies of your fellow bishops, SNAP demands
  • SNAP to Catholics: Donate elsewhere until diocese officials protect kids
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MO - Paternity test shows priest impregnated woman

  • Unusual new sex/cover up case filed by her husband & kids
  • Accused cleric now works in a parish & in diocesan headquarters
  • Lawsuit says top church officials kept silent & committed “fraud
  • It’s “always wrong & hurtful when priest has sex with parishioner,” SNAP says
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