SNAP applauds removal of priest in Pittsburgh

It is a frightening fact that modern technology has greatly closed the gap between predators and children, and we urge parents to be vigilant about what kind of people are contacting their children online.

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SNAP blasts Msgr. Lynn’s defense theory

Msgr. Lynn suggests he was overwhelmed and inexperienced, but apparently never once asked for additional personnel or training. He implies he got conflicting pressures but apparently never once sought clarity. He now blames others' "rules" but apparently never once objected to them or tried to change them.

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SNAP blasts judge’s decision to delay priest sex abuse trial

We are disappointed by Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry’s decision to delay Rev. James R. Schook sex abuse trail by 7 months. Delays in sex abuse trials often send a frustrating message to victims of abuse.

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KC bishop promotes “troubling” priest; SNAP responds

On Friday, in his diocesan newspaper Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn quietly disclosed his promotion of Fr. Patrick Rush, a priest who is closely connected with a number of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. For years, he was the second-in-command of the diocese. He has been named as a defendant, because of that role, in a number of child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits.

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Predator priest jailed in Ontario, SNAP applauds sentence

We are grateful that this predator will be sent to jail for his crimes. Children are safer when predators are behind bars, and so for the next 15 months, parents in Ontario can breathe easier. We urge the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Douglas Crosby, to personally visit each parish where Fr. James Boudreau worked and beg victims and witnesses to come forward.

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SNAP blasts promotion of Fargo Bishop

Today, the Vatican has announced that the bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, ND will be promoted to fill the role of archbishop in the Diocese of Denver which has been vacant since Archbishop Charles Chaput moved to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Pope promotes Bishop Richard Malone to Buffalo Diocese; SNAP responds

Today, the Pope promoted Maine Bishop Richard Malone to head the Buffalo Diocese. As is so often the case, the church hierarchy is trading one callous official for another.

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Archdiocese of Boston suspends priest, SNAP responds

We are grateful that the Archdiocese has notified the public that Rev. Joseph Byrne has been put on leave and that they have turned their evidence over to law enforcement. We hope that they will be sure to keep a tight rein on Rev. Byrne and monitor him closely now that he has been removed from ministry.

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Victims blast Catholic officials and seek action

We are members of an international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. That’s why we’re here today outside the Catholic Center offices in Albuquerque.

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Philly predator priest works for TSA at airport; SNAP responds

We are disturbed that Thomas Harkins, an ousted pedophile priest, works at Philadelphia International, and are extremely confused as to how he was able to get this position. Do TSA agents not have to go through a background check? If so, does child molestation not cause concern? To know of Harkin’s criminal past and then to place him in a position of authority is unconscionable.

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Top Philly Catholic official testifies; SNAP responds

“I was just following orders” is not accepted as a defense – legally or morally – in any civilized setting. When colleagues or supervisors give you unjust or criminal orders or requests, you have a moral duty to refuse.  When such orders or requests are repeatedly reckless – and endanger kids- you have a moral duty to expose them.

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Ontario priest will serve no additional time for probation violation; SNAP responds

We’re disappointed that Fr. Castillo is not facing more severe consequences for his serious wrongdoing.

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