Media Statements

MO - Statements regarding Fr. Hederman

Below are three statements relating to Fr. Kevin Hederman, including a statement from a relative of a Hederman victim, a statement from a victim himself, and a statement from the friend of the victim.

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POL - Abuse group organized in Poland, SNAP applauds the effort

An organization to advocate for and help the survivors of clergy sex abuse in Poland is now being created.

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PA - Victims blast Pittsburgh bishop over recent announcement

A support group is blasting Pittsburgh's Catholic bishop over a short announcement to one parish about a credibly accused child-molesting cleric.

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IL - Group holds conference this weekend in Chicagoland

A leading advocacy organization will this weekend (April 19-21) hold a conference that will address the prevention and awareness of the past and present abuse of missionary children.

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OK - Victims blast early release for church staff

We’re very disappointed that the staffers from Victory Christian Church are getting released from their sentence. It seems that church criminals often get breaks that secular criminals don’t.

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Little Chance of Vatican Co-operation with Royal Commission due to Francis' Poor Record on Child Abuse

The Wall Street Journal this week revealed further evidence that Pope Francis is unlikely to break with longstanding Vatican tradition and surrender secret Vatican files on Australian child sexual abuse cases to the Royal Commission.

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MO - Pulitzer winning author in St. Louis

A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author will be in St. Louis next week to discuss his new book that explores the clergy sex abuse and cover-up crisis.

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OH - Ousted Cleveland predator priest passes away

An accused predator priest from the Diocese of Cleveland has just passed away. Despite promises from church officials to be “open and transparent” about accused clerics, as best as we can tell not one church official in Cleveland told parishioners or the public about the passing of Fr. Joseph Lang.

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MO - Archbishop resigns before deposition

An Iowa Catholic archbishop has announced his resignation "for health reasons" just two weeks prior to his scheduled deposition in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case.

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PA - Diocese of Pittsburgh keeps information about abusive priest from public

At least 33 Pittsburgh priests are publicly accused child molesters. For the third time, the bishop is writing a letter letting a few hundred of his 700,000 members about one of them. 

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ND - New bishop appointed in Fargo, SNAP responds

As Fargo, ND prepares for a new bishop, we hope that Bishop John Folda will be a better advocate for clergy sex abuse victims than his predecessor was. 

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AZ - Case against abusive priest in Phoenix proceeds slowly

We hope that the records request that is holding up the case against Fr. Jack Spaulding will be over soon and Mr. Pain will get the chance to have his day in court. Two and a half years is a long time to wait.

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