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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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UK- Disgraced bishop will move; SNAP responds

Physically moving Cardinal O’Brien is a paltry, belated, grudging step that may bring temporary relief or comfort to his victims and his flock. It’s a half-hearted response to a wrongdoing that warrants a serious response.

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IL- More Joliet predator priests sued; SNAP responds

We applaud these brave men for helping to shine light on the on-going Catholic abuse and cover-up crisis.

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MO- Judge limits evidence in Catholic child sex case

Once again, the criminal who commits child sex crimes will likely be punished and the criminal who conceals child sex crimes gets a break.

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AL-Victims blast Mobile Catholic Archbishop over abuse

Shame on the Mobile Catholic archdiocese. Its leader, Archbishop Thomas Rodi, has suspended a suspected predator priest. But he basically kept the accusation and suspension secret, until a journalist’s tweet forced his hand.

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MI-Priest in Detroit leaves to care for child he fathered

A Detroit area priest from a troubled Catholic religious order (the Legion of Christ) has reportedly quit, saying he’ll take care of his child. He is Fr. Thomas Williams, a prominent cleric.

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MO- Child sex case vs. MO camp is settled

We are glad that this case has been settled. Although the details of the settlement aren’t available, we hope the victims feel like their perpetrators have been brought to justice.

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PA- Disgraced Penn State president is highest paid public university exec; SNAP responds

Pennsylvania parents and taxpayers should be outraged over Graham Spanier’s pay package. At the very least, he mishandled credible child sex abuse reports. More likely, he enabled heinous child sex crimes. Yet he’s America’s highest paid university president.

This rubs salt into the already-deep and often still-fresh wounds, not just of Sandusky victims but of child sex abuse victims.

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NJ- SNAP: “Church notices re Newark perp aren’t enough”

When will Catholic officials stop trying to play ‘gatekeeper’ and ‘screen’ child sex abuse reports? Why don’t they just tell people ‘if you see, suspect or suffer clergy child sex crimes, call law enforcement directly?’

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