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After New Revelations from CBS, Cardinal DiNardo Must Resign

Another media investigation has added more evidence that the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is unfit for his role. The new report alleges that the Cardinal mishandled claims of sexual abuse against priests under his purview in two additional cases. We believe that he should resign his post immediately.


Former MSU President Charged with Lying to Police in Sex Abuse Scandal

A former university official who is alleged to help conceal a massive sexual abuse scandal has been formally charged for her role in the cover-up. Such charges are necessary to ensure accountability for crimes that have occurred and prevention of similar crimes in the future.


Deceased SD bishop accused of abuse; Church officials must do more

A now-deceased Rapid City bishop has been accused of molesting a Minnesota child, Catholic officials recently acknowledged. 


The Department of Education Should Strengthen Supports for Survivors, Not Weaken Them

Today, the Department of Education unveiled proposed changes to the ways that universities handle sexual violence. We believe that the new rules will harm survivors, not help them.


New Jersey’s Attorney General Ramps Up Investigation and Issues Subpoenas to Church Officials

The attorney general for New Jersey has ramped up their investigation into clergy sex abuse and has issued subpoenas to at least one of the state’s catholic dioceses. We applaud this move by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.


Despite Vatican Inaction, SNAP Urges Bishops to Follow the Lead of Others

On Monday, the Vatican delayed a vote that would have let US bishops take small steps towards addressing the clergy sex abuse crisis. Despite that delay, some bishops around the country have already been taking positive steps in their own way.


SNAP to Newly Elected Attorneys General: Please Keep the Investigations Going

For immediate release, November 13 2018

Since the bombshell grand jury report that revealed the depth of clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in Pennsylvania, 19 other states have begun investigations of their own. Following last Tuesday’s elections, at least six of those states will have new attorneys general and SNAP is pleading with those newly elected officials to not let these investigations fall by the wayside.


Chairman of the National Review Board Says Bishops Who Ignored Abuse Should Face “Real Consequences”

For immediate release, November 13 2018

On the second day of this month’s meeting of US catholic bishops, the Chairman of the National Review Board said that Catholic bishops who ignored sexual abuse committed by clergy should face “real consequences.” We could not agree more with his assessment and would argue that any bishop who has covered-up or ignored sex crimes should resign.

As Chairman Francesco Cesareo argued, there is a clear need for bishops to do more to hold accountable their brethren who ignored, concealed, or otherwise covered-up sexual abuse and argued that the USCCB could bar “guilty bishops from USCCB membership or attending national meetings.”According to a recent report from the Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, nearly one-third of active bishops have been accused of failing to properly address claims of sexual misconduct in their dioceses. If the bishops listen to Mr. Cesareo, one of those bishops who could be barred would be the head of the USCCB itself, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.


Local SNAP Leader Pushes for Action on Clergy Abuse in Mississippi

Members of a clergy abuse advocacy organization in Mississippi are demanding action be taken by the state’s catholic and law enforcement officials.


The Vatican Prevents US Bishops from Voting on Measures Designed to Prevent Clergy Abuse

For immediate release, November 12 2018

Today, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops met to discuss, among other things, their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Instead, the Vatican kicked the can down the road.


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