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NJ- Letters to Mr. Notzon and Cardinal Dolan: A call for action against Newark Archbishop John Myers

May 1, 2013

Mr. Al Notzon III

National Review Board

US Conference of Catholic Bishops

3211 Fourth Street

Washington, DC 20017

Dear Mr. Notzon:

We are child sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

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NM- Victims blast New Mexico Catholic officials on abuse

What a cold response by New Mexico Catholic officials to the latest heinous child sex abuse reports involving a predator priest: “We do not comment on pending litigation.” Can you imagine Jesus uttering such a callous sentence?

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NJ- SNAP blasts Newark Archbishop

Archbishop Myers continues to show his contempt for New Jersey’s kids and laws. Now, the burden falls to his bosses, his peers and his flock.

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IL- A Letter to Cardinal George

Dear Cardinal George:

There are at least 112 publicly accused Chicago archdiocesan priests. A few are behind bars, some are deceased, but where are the rest?

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IL- SNAP blasts Joliet bishop over unsupervised predator

Shame on Joliet’s Catholic bishop for letting a suspended predator priest live and work freely among unsuspecting families in Kentucky.

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IL-Child sex abuse reform bill passes IL Senate

In a huge victory for innocent kids and a huge defeat for child molesters, the Illinois Senate today passed a bill permanently lifting the civil statute of limitations on child sex crimes. (SB 1399, sponsored by Sen. Link and others)

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INTL- Video game mocks clergy abuse scandal, SNAP responds

Some will do anything - no matter  how hurtful - to make money. Shame on this video company. Heinous child sex crimes and cover ups, by Catholic officials or anyone, is no joking matter.

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CT- Former priest’s trial delayed for the 21st time, SNAP responds

It’s outrageous that a Connecticut priest, who is accused possessing child pornography  is delaying justice and exploiting technicalities. Is it any wonder that few victims of sexual violence and exploitation feel good about our justice system?

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MO-Priest is 9th local cleric accused of child porn; SNAP responds

In 2011, when he was suspended, Archbishop Robert Carlson’s public relations team said Fr. William Vatterott was accused of “inappropriate electronic communications.” Now, Fr. Vatterrott has been charged with child porn.

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IL- Alleged predator priest is sued; SNAP responds

Two men are suing the Chicago Catholic archdiocese and a former priest for alleged child sex crimes.

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PA- Victims want PA Catholic official to step down

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is calling on the head of a Latrobe, Pennsylvania Catholic abbey to step aside and a national Catholic panel to investigate charges that he sexually abused a young man.

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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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