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).

Two Days After Asking for “Understanding,” Cardinal Wuerl Offers an Apology

Two days after asking for understanding for his role in covering up abuse allegations, Cardinal Donald Wuerl is finally “apologizing.”

Fact Sheet: Accused Louisville Priests ‘Under the Radar’ (1/19)

-- Fr. Michael (a.k.a. “Miguel”) Baca

He was included in the Gallup diocese's 12/14 list of clergy having credible allegations of sexual misconduct made against them. The diocese provided a partial list of assignments for Fr. Baca, which showed him at St Joseph the Worker in San Fidel NM in 1961. But the Official Catholic Directory lists him as assigned there as Retreat Director for the decade 1961-1970. Baca's 18 years of missionary work took him throughout the US, and he also worked among the Otomi Indians of central Mexico. Besides Gallup, Fr. Baca worked in at least one other diocese (Peoria) and two archdioceses (Louisville and Santa Fe). He also worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cuba NM in 1953 and Our Lady of Fatima Parish inChinle AZ in 1978. For 12 years, Fr. Baca wrote the "Life Is for Living" column for the national magazine St Anthony Messenger. He is deceased.

Local Philadelphia Abuse Survivor Calls for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to “Correct Misinformation”

For immediate release: January 15, 2019

On Sunday, January 13, 2018, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement regarding the removal of three priests, Fr Raymond W. Smart, Msgr. Joseph Logrip, and Fr.  John F. Meyers.

Northeastern Jesuits Release Names of Abusive Clerics, SNAP Responds

Michigan State University Should Move Quickly to Remove John Engler

A recent interview with the interim President of Michigan State University was long on aspersions towards victims of sexual abuse and short on answers and apologies. In light of this interview, we believe that the MSU Board of Trustees should move quickly to find a new interim president.

Cardinal Wuerl Asks for “Understanding” for his Role in Covering-up Claims against Theodore McCarrick

For immediate release: January 14, 2019

Rather than apologizing for years of lying and covering-up abuse, Cardinal Donald Wuerl is instead asking for “understanding.” We are happy to oblige with his request.

Priest sentenced to jail for abuse, SNAP calls for legislative action

Diocese of Houma-Thibodeaux Releases Names of Accused Priests

Despite Denials, Cardinal Donald Wuerl Knew of Abuse Claims Against McCarrick

According to a report from the Washington Post, Catholic officials in DC and Pittsburgh now admit that Cardinal Donald Wuerl was lying when he claimed he was unaware of sexual crimes and misdeeds by his predecessor, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Cardinals Sean O’Malley and Timothy Dolan Spar Over New York Abuse Case

The highest ranking Catholic prelates in New York and Boston are in an apparent rift over clergy sex abuse and cover ups, according to a Catholic news source. We are encouraged by this dispute and hope other bishops will emulate the Boston Cardinal.

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