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Newark Predator Priest Arrested, SNAP Responds


Fr. Michael Fugee, a Catholic priest of the Newark Archdiocese, has been arrested. He admitted molesting a child, recanted, was tried and convicted. His conviction was overturned on a technicality, and he and his church supervisors promised prosecutors that he would not be around kids.  Then, weeks ago, the Newark Star Ledger disclosed that this agreement had been repeatedly and flagrantly violated.  

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Child sex cases vs. notorious Jesuit settle; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, May 20

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

Six men who were sexually violated as kids by a widely-known Jesuit priest, Fr. Donald McGuire, have reached a settlement  totaling nearly $20 million. We applaud their courage and strength.

These six brave men have, despite their horrific pain, struggled to expose corruption by some of the top Jesuits in the US. More truth about awful church crimes and cover ups is being revealed and for that, Catholics should be grateful.  

 

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CA- Encino priest sentenced to life in prison for abuse

A convicted predator priest who worked in Encino will spend the rest of his life behind bars. On Thursday, he was convicted of abuse - for a second time - and was sentenced to life in prison.

He’s Fr. William C. Wert, who twice worked at Crespi Carmelite High School, a college prep school for boys in Encino (in 1987 and from 1993 to 1999).

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DC priest sentenced to life in prison for abuse

A convicted predator priest - who was convicted of molesting a Washington DC area child six years ago has molested again and will now spend the rest of his life in prison.

Fr. William C. Wert was sentenced on last Thursday in Florida for molesting a boy for five months in the Venice diocese.

 

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IL- Joliet priest sentenced to life in prison for abuse

A convicted predator priest who headed a Joliet Catholic school in the 1990s before moving to Florida has been sentenced to life in prison after molesting again.

Fr. William C. Wert was sentenced last Thursday in Florida for molesting a boy for five months in the Venice diocese.

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MO- More damning evidence of KC Catholic corruption

Our hearts ache for the Teeman family and for the dozens of families who are suffering because Kansas City bishops – and Finn – refused to take any real steps to protect kids from Missouri’s worst predator priest.

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FL- predator priest is sentenced, SNAP responds

We commend this brave victim whose courage will now keep a serial predator priest away from kids for a long time. We hope he feels proud and relieved. And we hope every person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Wert's crimes will step forward and get help.

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MO- No porn at Catholic Church

Bishop Robert Finn allegedly asked his staff to "implement security measures" after the Kansas City police issued a search warrant.

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UK- Cardinal’s move is “public relations, not punishment”

Some claim that the Vatican is “punishing” disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien. That’s baloney. A news account today suggests the Vatican is just caving into O’Brien’s UK colleagues and helping them limit the public relations damage caused by O’Brien’s continued presence in the UK.

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KY- Victims write bishop about accused priest

Victims write bishop about accused priest
KY cleric is accused of molesting at least 4 kids
But years later, he is still not being supervised
And Catholic officials let him remain in ministry
SNAP to Lexington prelate “Oust him from your diocese”
Group wants church to warn parents about him and “do outreach”

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MO- Child porn priest / diocese case settled; SNAP responds

We hope this settlement comforts at least some of the many families who have suffered and are suffering because Bishop Robert Finn refused to call police, protect kids and monitor Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

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IL- Health firm is “investigating” predator priest

Today, Advocate Health Care said it is “investigating” a former Chicago archdiocesan priest accused of molesting at least four boys.

 

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