CA - Four parts to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles situation

The brave and persistent survivors who fought to get these records uncovered and the truth made public deserve praise for their courage and constancy. We thank them for leading the fight to make the truth known about what Church officials in Los Angeles knew about clergy abuse, and what they did to prevent this information from being made public. 

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CA - Facts about Mahony's alleged "restriction"

Headlines falsely claim that Mahony has been “banished” or “punished” or “outed.” That’s baloney. Listen to what knowledgeable Catholic staffers and journalists are saying about this.

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CA - SNAP's Letter to California victims

Dear California SNAP member;

As you've likely heard, thousands of pages of long-secret church records about child molesting clerics and their corrupt colleagues are finally surfacing in Los Angeles.

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CA - SNAP responds to punishments for Bishop Curry and Cardinal Mahony

Bishop Thomas Curry stepping down is a small, belated step in the right direction, though it's obviously only being done because the horrific extent of his complicity is about to become publicly known. He should have been fired long ago.

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PA - SNAP applauds decision to investigate handling of Sandusky case

We applaud Pennsylvania’s attorney general for deciding to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. We are relieved that Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, but those who enabled and protected him must be held responsible if children are to be safe and future cover ups are to be prevented.

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IA - SNAP supports proposed sex offender reform

We think this idea deserves serious consideration. There’s no magic age at which a sex offender is suddenly no longer dangerous. Older sex offenders may look harmless but actually be more dangerous than ever.

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MN - Serial predator worked in MN

A Catholic cleric who is accused of molesting dozens of boys and who killed himself on Saturday worked for at least four years in the Twin Cities and may have molested a Minnesota child, a newspaper has reported. 

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PA - Guilt is now clear, so Archbishop Chaput must act

The newly-established guilt of two Philly Catholic employees should be a clarion call for Philly's Catholic hierarchy. After hearing and seeing voluminous evidence, an impartial jury has found that Fr. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero are child molesters. What now?

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PA - Philly priests found guilty, SNAP responds

We are glad to learn that Fr. Charles Engelhardt, and ex-teacher Bernard Shero were found guilty of child sexual abuse. Children are safer and justice is served with these men behind bars. 

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IRE - New Bishop of Cloyne promises reconciliation, sex abuse victims group responds

We are hopeful that the new Bishop, Dr William Crean, will hold true to his pledge to keep children safe and continue the work of healing those who were violated. 

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MI - Letter to Archbishop Vigneron

Dear Archbishop Vigneron:

We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

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OH - SNAP blasts Youngstown bishop over secrecy

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting Youngstown Bishop George Murry over what they call his "continued secrecy and deception" in the case of a credibly accused Catholic cleric.

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