Media Statements

UK - O’Brien’s apology is weak, SNAP says

Cardinal Keith O'Brien’s apology is weak, vague, belated and thus hollow sounding. We simply do not believe he denied the accusations because his victims were anonymous.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

US - Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child documenting the ongoing worldwide sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The UN committee has summoned the Vatican to report on its record of ensuring children are protected from sexual violence and safeguarding children’s well-being and dignity, the first time the Holy See will have been called to account for its actions on these issues before an international body with authority. The first meeting will take place in Geneva in June.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

WI - Benedict leaves papacy with no apologies to we deaf victims of Fr. Murphy

Very sadly, today, Benedict XVI finished his time as Pope without ever once apologizing for his involvement in covering up the crimes of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, who sexually assaulted me and over 200 other students when we were youngsters at St. John’s boarding school for the deaf, operated by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Read more
7 reactions Share

CA - SNAP blasts Mahony claims of “scant information”

It's mind boggling and insulting that Mahony claims those who criticize him have ""scant information."

Read more
3 reactions Share

ROME - Abuse victims want Cardinal Law to stay away too

Today’s New York Times reports that disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law, while too old to vote for the next pope, is eligible to “participate in the general congregations meetings that precede the conclave.”

Read more
Add your reaction Share

EUR - SNAP statement on Vatican corruption report

Regarding the alleged network in and around the Vatican involving financially corrupt individuals and active gay clerics:

Read more
1 reaction Share

UK - SNAP calls for action in the Cardinal O'Brien situation

We are grateful that Vatican officials have confirmed that "the Pope is informed about the (O'Brien) problem and the question is now in his hands." We implore Pope Benedict to take firm, clear and prompt action. 

Read more
1 reaction Share

IRE - Church should share in recompense for Laundries victims

We are glad that the religious orders who ran the horrible Magdalene laundries will be made to contribute to the redress for victims.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

WA - Everett pastor tries to solicit underage prostitute, SNAP responds

We are disturbed by the report of a Baptist pastor in Washington attempting to solicit a girl he knew to be a teenager for prostitution. This is horrible on several levels.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

CA - SNAP applauds Catholic whistleblower in Sacramento

We're gradually seeing more and more suits like this across the country (most recently in Florida and Missouri). It's disturbing to see more proof that Catholic officials continue to act recklessly, secretively and callously in sex cases.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

MS - Child predator loses pharmacy license

At a public meeting today of the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy, the board accepted the voluntarily revocation of Rev. John Langworthy’s pharmacy license. Last month, Langworthy pled guilty to charges involving the sexual abuse of five boys between 1980 and 1984.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

WI - Cardinal Dolan likely deposed today in Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy, sex abuse cases

When Timothy Dolan was appointed to run the Archdiocese of New York in 2010, he expediently left behind him a Milwaukee Archdiocese on the verge of bankruptcy for fraudulently concealing and transferring scores of known clerical child sex offenders. 

Read more
1 reaction Share