SNAP Media Events

MO--Victims want warnings about priests who now live elsewhere

New bishop should act on two accused clerics

Group says it’s willing to meet with new prelate

But only on one condition: “Take prevention steps 1st”

SNAP to Johnston: “That will be “a sign of good faith”

Victims want warnings about priests who now live elsewhere

WHAT

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

--challenge the new head of the Kansas City MO (KC) Catholic diocese to warn others about three accused clerics,

--offer to meet with him, but ONLY if he takes “tangible prevention steps first,” and

--warn KC citizens and Catholics against complacency just because Bishop Robert Finn is gone.

They will also try to hand deliver a letter outlining their concerns to the new bishop.

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IL--SNAP: “Bishops warn bishops about him but not the public”

Priest who was here last year is accused

Allegation comes from internal church memo

He’s the 7th Belleville priest “outed” this year for first time

Group will write their names on church headquarters sidewalk

Six of them are “credibly accused child molesters,” church admits

“Continuing secrecy violates Pope Francis’ latest promises,” group says

WHAT

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

--disclose an internal US Bishop Conference memo – under the heading “WARNING” – that names a never-before-accused priest who worked in the Belleville diocese last year,

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PA--Victims: “Chaput must honor Francis’ new commitments”

Pope’s promise to “end secrecy” means Chaput must act, group says
SNAP: Pontiff’s ‘accountability’ pledge means “enablers” must be punished
Self-help organization wants three recent local abuse cases to be “re-examined”
What:
Holding signs and childhood photos, after Pope Francis has ended his historic US visit, clergy sex abuse victims will urge Philly area Catholics and their church officials to honor and act on the promises he made. Specifically, the victims will urge Archbishop Charles Chaput to
-- discipline even a few priests who hid or ignored child sex crimes, and
-- disclose more about and “re-visit” three recent clergy sex abuse cases.
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Victims: “Bishops must now honor Francis’ new commitments”

Pope’s promise to “end secrecy” means prelates must act, group says

SNAP: Pontiff’s ‘accountability’ pledge means “enablers” must be punished

Self help organization wants two ---three recent local abuse cases to be “re-examined

 

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims will urge all US Catholic bishops – including DC’s archbishop - to honor and act on the promises Pope Francis made yesterday. Specifically, the victims will urge America’s bishops and DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl to

-- disclose names of church staff who CONCEALED child sex crimes,

-- disclose (and post on church websites) names of clerics who COMMITTED child sex crimes, and

-- publicly “defrock, demote or at least discipline” the “enablers.’

They will also prod Wuerl to disclose more about and “re-visit” three recent clergy sex abuse cases.

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PA--Victims to Pope: “Stop bishops’ lobbying”

SNAP: “Prelates fight secular child safety bills

Battles are being waged in places Francis visits: PA, DC & NY

“Chaput uses flock’s donations to protect predators,” group says

It begs church-goers: “Donate elsewhere until real change happens”

SNAP: “As Francis talks of ‘protecting families,’ bishops ‘fight them in court’”

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos, after Francis’ mass, clergy sex abuse victims will

--urge the pope to make his bishops, in PA & elsewhere, stop blocking better child safety laws,

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PA--SNAP: “Pope’s callous praise of bishops opens new wounds”

On eve of pope’s trip in Philly, group to hold small vigil

They remember hundreds of victims who committed suicide

SNAP: “Pope’s callous praise of bishops opens new wounds

Organization says papal visit “provokes pain in thousands

It begs victims to “reach out, get therapy, and call loved ones

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos of suicide at a sidewalk vigil, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--remember and honor adults who were molested as kids and took their own lives,

--express support and concern for other victims who are suffering because of Pope Francis’s visit and the laudatory attention the Catholic hierarchy is enjoying, and

--blast Pope Francis for his recent remarks praising US bishops for their actions in the abuse and cover up crisis.

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NY--As pope arrives in NYC, group to hold small vigil

They remember hundreds of victims who committed suicide

SNAP: Pope’s callous defense of bishops opens new wounds

Organization says papal visit “provokes pain in hundreds”

They beg victims to “reach out, get therapy, call loved ones”

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos of suicide at a sidewalk vigil, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will 

--remember and honor adults who were molested as kids and took their own lives, and

--express support and concern for other victims who are suffering because of Pope Francis’s visit and the laudatory attention the Catholic hierarchy is enjoying.

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Washington, DC-Victims urge Congress to investigate Catholic abuse/cover up scandal

SNAP: “100,000 US clergy abuse victims, but federal officials do nothing

Group applauds governmental investigations and reports in other countries

Two United Nations panels have done probes and attacked church hierarchy

Organization says “Welcoming Francis is fine but, for kids’ sake, challenge him too

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will blast US federal officials for “doing nothing” about the on-going child molestation and cover up scandal in the church. They will call on

--Congress to hold hearings into the crisis, and

--the Justice Department to make crime-fighting funds to states contingent on reforming archaic child safety laws.

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NY--SNAP: “Church officials fight secular child safety bills”

Victims to Pope: “Stop bishops’ lobbying”

SNAP: “Prelates fight secular child safety bills”

Battles are now being waged in each place Francis visits

“Church uses flock’s donations to protect predators,” group says

It begs church-goers: “Donate elsewhere until real change happens”

SNAP: “As Francis ‘talks nice’ with lawmakers, bishops ‘quietly fight dirty’”

 

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos, while Francis meets with politicians in DC, clergy sex abuse victims will hand fliers to church-goers. They will also

--urge Francis to make bishops stop blocking secular child safety law reforms,

--urge lawmakers (federal and state) to ignore bishops’ “self-serving” lobbying efforts, and

--urge Catholics to donate elsewhere until their church officials push for, not against, better laws that protect kids, expose predators and punish enablers.

Such legislative struggles are pending in each place Francis will visit: New York, Pennsylvania and DC.

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Washington DC--Organization says papal visit “provokes pain in hundreds”

As pope arrives, group to hold small vigil

 They remember victims who committed suicide

 SNAP: “Many who’ve been assaulted are hurting now”

 Organization says papal visit “provokes pain in hundreds”

 It urges victims to “reach out, get therapy, call loved ones”

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos of suicide victims at a sidewalk vigil, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--remember and honor adults who were molested as kids and took their own lives, and

--express support and concern for other victims who are suffering because of Pope Francis’s visit and the laudatory attention the Catholic hierarchy is enjoying.

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NY--Group of clergy sex abuse victims will hold an unusual public support group meeting

Abuse victims to discuss their pain

First-ever NYC “public support group meeting”

Event held in conjunction with survivors’ art show

SNAP has held thousands of such events in private

But this time, victims will share details in open setting

What:

On the day Pope Francis arrives in the US, while surrounded by an exhibit of abuse-inspired paintings created by a young woman who suffered clergy sexual crimes, a group of clergy sex abuse victims will hold an unusual public support group meeting. In frank and personal discussions, they’ll describe the pain they endured (and still endure) because of clerics who committed and concealed sexual violence against them.

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Washington DC--Pope must stop predators moving overseas

Pope must stop predators moving overseas

SNAP: “Take passports from accused clerics

More alleged molesters flee abroad, group says

But church officials often claim to be powerless

One “outed” last month as having worked in MD, VA & NJ

He claims two fellow diocesan staffers told him “get on a plane

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, and citing three journalistic investigations, clergy sex abuse victims will call on

--US bishops to stop predator priests from evading justice by fleeing abroad and keep them from working in parishes, and

--Pope Francis to harshly punish bishops (including one in Newark and several in South America) who enable this “reckless practice” to continue.

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PA--Victims to leaflet Catholic church

Victims to leaflet at Catholic church

They challenge pope to demote bishops

SNAP: “Church officials refuse to do aggressive outreach

So group asks parishioners to “search for wounded survivors

“Pope talks about families while abuse crisis devastates them,” SNAP says

What:

On the cusp of Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the US, as parishioners leave mass, abuse victims will hand out fliers to church goers. The leaflets urge Pennsylvania Catholic officials to

   

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DC--Victims challenge Pope to demote bishops

Victims to leaflet at Catholic church

They challenge pope to demote bishops

SNAP: “Church officials refuse to do aggressive outreach”

So group asks parishioners to “search for wounded survivors”

“Post names of proven predators on church websites,” victims say

What:

On the cusp of Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the US, as parishioners leave mass, abuse victims will hand out fliers urging church goers. The leaflets urges Archbishop Donald Wuerl to:

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MD--They prod Archbishop to disclose more info

They prod Archbishop to disclose more info

“Post predator priests on websites,” they urge

“List should be permanent and kept current,” groups say

Activists want details more details about alleged murder of nun

WHAT

On the cusp of Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the US, holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, victims and supporters will urge Baltimore Catholic officials to

--disclose the names of other proven, admitted or credibly accused predators,

--permanently post church predators’ names on church websites and in church bulletins (like 30 US bishops have done), and

--“come clean” with more information on a nun’s unsolved murder.

The fliers also urge Catholic church members to

--question loved ones about these child molesting clerics (“Did any of these clerics ever hurt you?”) and

--prod anyone who has “seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes of cover ups to call law enforcement.”   

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