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IL- A letter to Mr. Skogsbergh of Advocate Health Care

Mr. James H. Skogsbergh

President and Chief Executive Officer

Advocate Health Care

2025 Windsor Drive

Oak Brook, Il 60523

 

Dear Mr. Skogsbergh:

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MD- Catholic teacher accused; SNAP responds

Our hearts ache for parents at this school who must be upset about the child sex allegations and the vague way school officials are dealing with them. Parents and the public need and deserve straight answers about possible child sex crimes. It’s disturbing to see Catholic officials leaving families in the dark about such serious matters.

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MO- Archbishop blasted over announcement regarding predator

A St. Louis priest has been “permanently removed from active ministry” - but apparently not defrocked - 31 years after the first of at least five child sex abuse accusations against him surfaced. And a local support group for victims is criticizing the archdiocese for not evidently supervising the cleric for the last 11 years and for what it calls “a hurtful and gratuitous announcement” about the defrocking.

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TX- ex-El Paso priest accused of abuse

Our hearts go out to Eran Joseph McManemy of New Mexico who is accusing, in a new lawsuit, three priests of molesting him. One of the clerics worked in the El Paso diocese.

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NM- Three New Mexico priests accused of abuse

Our hearts go out to Eran Joseph McManemy. It takes real courage to take legal action that safeguards kids and exposes corruption.

Some may find it hard to believe that one boy could be sexually assaulted by three priests. But we in SNAP see cases like this far more often than most would suspect. It’s important to keep in mind that among Catholics, priests are held in very high esteem and kids are trained to trust and revere and obey them.

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A letter to Bishop O’Connell and Bishop Serratelli

May 7, 2013

Most Reverend David O’Connell

701 Lawrenceville Rd

Trenton, NJ  08648

Dear Bishop O’Connell,

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IL- Catholic monk jailed again; “Where’s the outrage?” SNAP asks

One week. Catholic officials couldn’t keep a monk away from children for one week, even after the monk was forbidden to have contact with children and had been arrested and charged with a felony for attempted child abduction and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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Victims want action from two NJ bishops

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging two New Jersey Catholic bishops to discipline church employees who let an admitted predator priest work recently in their dioceses.

They also want the bishops to warn their flocks about the priest and aggressively seek out anyone who “may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him.”

Leaders of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) are writing the bishops in Trenton and Paterson about Fr. Michael Fugee.

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TX- Church members attack victim, SNAP responds

A pastor at the Church of Corinth near Dallas, TX was arrested last week on charges of attempting to make a teenager strip for him. The police have the entire 2 hour attack on audio tape and suspect there maybe more victims.

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MO- Accused teacher was at 11 schools in 11 years

Eleven schools in eleven years. That's the troubling track record of teacher Joseph Thomas Maddock who has been charged with sexually assaulting a ten year old student. This doesn't pass the smell test. We strongly suspect that staff and parents at several of these schools knew of or suspected Maddock's crimes and did little or nothing to stop him. The notion that a child molesting teacher moves so much so quickly but no one sees or suspects anything suspicious defies logic and common sense.

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PA- Priest is new temporary head of Harrisburg diocese; SNAP responds

Fr. Robert Gillelan is the new temporary head of the Harrisburg Catholic diocese. We hope he'll promptly post on the diocesan website the names and whereabouts of all the child molesting clerics who have worked or lived in the Harrisburg area.

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NH- priest resigns from church treatment center

Today, a former high ranking New Hampshire diocesan Catholic official has stepped down from his position because of allegations of sexual and financial impropriety.

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