SNAP Media Events

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!”

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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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