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IL- Second man accuses priest

Second man accuses priest

Cleric was put back on the job just last week

Church officials didn't believe first allegation

SNAP: “Suspend alleged predator immediately

“Don't keep endangering children,” support group says

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose that 

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Groups blast Vatican before UN panel

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

WHAT

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.

WHEN

Monday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.  

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MO- Child sex lawsuit filed against Chaminade

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” 

WHAT:

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

   

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SC- Abuse victims challenge Bob Jones U.

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

WHAT

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.   

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MA- Victims and supporters blast new pope abuse panel

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

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WA- Victims challenge archbishop on three priests

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”

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CT- Victims challenge new Bridgeport bishop

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  

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FL- Victims seek bishop's help

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

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MO- Nun speaks out against bishop

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 

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MO- Two new rulings in wrongful death cases

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

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TX- Notorious predator priest may be in Dallas

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

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IL- Victims push for more predator priest files

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

 

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MO- Minister abused & harassed woman, new suit says

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

WHAT
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.

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IL- Victims focus on 3 predator priests

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

 

WHAT

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.

 

WHEN

Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:45 a.m. 

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IL- Victims want law enforcement to "step up"

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

 

WHAT

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.

 

WHEN

TODAY, Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1:45 p.m. 

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