SNAP Media Events

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

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

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

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”

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