Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

Prominent Opus Dei Priest Faces Multiple Allegations of Abuse

For immediate release: January 8, 2019

The case of Fr. C. John McCloskey is a perfect example of how a person in a position of power can use that power to manipulate and abuse a person during a vulnerable moment in their lives. It can sometimes be difficult for others to empathize with adults who have been abused, but most adult victims go to clergy for help because they are already struggling. However, this challenge of empathy is irrelevant to the facts: a woman was abused and we are now learning that she was not the only one who may have been hurt by Fr. McCloskey.  

Argentine Bishop who Works at The Vatican and Mysteriously Resigned in 2017 has been Accused of Abuse

Pope Ignores Accountability in Letter to American Bishops

For immediate release: January 3, 2019

As American bishops meet outside Chicago for a week of “prayer and self-reflection” the Vatican’s request, Pope Francis has sent a letter explaining what he hopes comes of this retreat. Unfortunately, his letter ignores the most critical issue of all: accountability for bishops who conceal sex crimes.

Diocese of Monterey Releases List of Clergymen Accused of Abuse

For immediate release, January 2, 2019

Another diocese has released a list of names of clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse.

It is always helpful for survivors when these lists are posted, especially for those who may be suffering in silence. Seeing that they are not alone helps victims heal, and could also compel others who were abused – whether by the same person or in the same place – to come forward.

While Survivors and Advocates Wait on Response to Clergy Abuse, Church Officials Play Blame Game

A newly published letter from officials at the Vatican to the head of American bishops has called into question the reasons for the scuttling of proposed church accountability reform from last November. Ultimately, however, the letter is both irrelevant to the church’s pattern of inaction on clergy abuse and to the urgent need for reform to come and come quickly.

As Bishops Gather for Prayer, Survivors Push for Reform

In October, the entirety of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore. During this meeting, hey discussed the abuse crisis. But they did not act. Now, three months later, the bishops are meeting again, this time at Mundelein Seminary outside Chicago. This time, though, they won’t even discuss the crisis.

In Lacking Accountability, Church Compensation Funds Only A Half-Apology to Abuse Survivors

In a recent op-ed, Cardinal Timothy Dolan outlined some of the benefits of compensation funds like that in his own Archdiocese of New York. In order to do as the Cardinal says and “ensure that all victim-survivors are at the center,” we want to offer some additional information about compensation funds.

Virginia and Washington D.C. Consider More Inclusive Mandatory Reporting Laws

Clarification regarding Fr. Thomas G. Meyer

This is a clarification regarding the SNAP press event held in Springfield, IL on December 21. It is important to note that there have been two priests in the Springfield Diocese with the same name. 

More Tough Talk from the Vatican, but No Action

The Pope has responded to the growing clergy sex abuse crisis in the United States in the most expected way possible: with flowery words backed up by inaction.

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