MI-Priest in Detroit leaves to care for child he fathered

A Detroit area priest from a troubled Catholic religious order (the Legion of Christ) has reportedly quit, saying he’ll take care of his child. He is Fr. Thomas Williams, a prominent cleric.

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MO- Child sex case vs. MO camp is settled

We are glad that this case has been settled. Although the details of the settlement aren’t available, we hope the victims feel like their perpetrators have been brought to justice.

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PA- Disgraced Penn State president is highest paid public university exec; SNAP responds

Pennsylvania parents and taxpayers should be outraged over Graham Spanier’s pay package. At the very least, he mishandled credible child sex abuse reports. More likely, he enabled heinous child sex crimes. Yet he’s America’s highest paid university president.

This rubs salt into the already-deep and often still-fresh wounds, not just of Sandusky victims but of child sex abuse victims.

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NJ- SNAP: “Church notices re Newark perp aren’t enough”

When will Catholic officials stop trying to play ‘gatekeeper’ and ‘screen’ child sex abuse reports? Why don’t they just tell people ‘if you see, suspect or suffer clergy child sex crimes, call law enforcement directly?’

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CA- LA archbishop reneges on Mahony ‘discipline’

LA’s archbishop claimed disgraced predecessor wouldn’t engage in “public ministry.” Now, he’s apparently - and quietly - reversed himself, further betraying thousands of abuse victims and hundreds of thousands of parishioners.

Today’s LA Times reports that Archbishop José Horacio Gomez is violating his pledge to forbid Cardinal Roger Mahony from performing confirmations. And Gomez is giving no explanations.

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IL- SNAP blasts newly-promoted Jesuit priest

A Chicago Jesuit, Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, has been tapped to head the Jesuit Conference. That’s a mistake. http://www.jesuit.org/blog/

In recent years in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, Kesicki has done, at best, an inadequate job. At worst, he has done a reckless, callous, and deceitful job.

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Report on implementation of Catholic child protection charter, SNAP responds

There are helpful numbers and misleading numbers. These are misleading numbers.

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NJ- Newark Archdiocese settles w/ 5 abuse victims, SNAP responds

New Jersey attorney Greg Gianforcaro announced today that he has settled five cases against the Newark archdiocese involving a convicted Newark priest who was sent to Missouri where he assaulted more kids (after changing his name in between).

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NE- Diocese not in compliance with child protection charter

The Catholic National Review Board has released the 2012 report on the implementation of the charter for the protection of children and young people.  The report found the Diocese of Lincoln to be in violation of that charter. The diocese did not allow auditors to come in and do their jobs.

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NJ- Newark archbishop hires another lawyer

Newark's archbishop is hiring yet another defense lawyer. That's about protecting Myers and his reputation, not about protecting kids.

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MO- KC bishop "outs" child sex abuse victims; SNAP responds

For decades our legal system – both civil and criminal, at the federal, state and local level – has respected the privacy rights of proven and alleged child sex abuse victims. So has neary every journalist.

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CA- SNAP urges compassion for alleged Jackson victim

Wade Robson's lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate might be quickly dismissed by some. But not by us.

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