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IL and NY—Suspension of Orthodox bishop retired for sexual misconduct lifted, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, volunteer member of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network (

A former Orthodox bishop from Chicago, who voluntarily retired in April of 2013 after he was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a young woman parishioner, had his suspension lifted effective March 1, 2017.

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AZ--Crosiers Fathers and Brothers seek bankruptcy protection, Victims respond

For immediate release

Statement by Tim Lennon of Tucson, AZ, SNAP Volunteer Arizona Leader and board member, (415)

When dioceses and religious orders seek protection in federal bankruptcy courts, they do so to protect their assets and embarrassing secrets from public sex abuse and cover-up civil trials. 

he Crosiers’ decision today is no different. Church leaders in Phoenix and Minnesota must use every means at their disposal to publicize this bankruptcy and allow victims of sexual abuse plenty of time to learn about the bankruptcy’s deadlines. We urge them to be open and transparent about the process and make public all evidence of child sexual abuse in their files. 

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