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Vatican--SNAP blasts “another few distracting papal words on abuse”

For immediate release: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

In a purportedly “forceful” tone, Pope Francis said child molesters must be “severely punished” but “did not specifically mention the church or its response to abuse.”

So what? When will a few papal sentences about how bad abuse is stop being news?

Just this week, a convicted priest who assaulted a California teenager was promoted to head an Oklahoma parish with a parochial school, until parishioners protects and their archbishop backed down.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ok_archbishop_says_he_ll_remove_convicted_priest_victims_respond

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USA--Catholic church loses $90 million a year from theft?

For immediate release: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A new Associated Press story cites “lax financial controls” in the Catholic church, quotes one source as saying that the US church may lose $90 million annually from theft and cites an independent survey that shows that 85% of US dioceses have experienced recent embezzlement.

http://www.cruxnow.com/ap/2016/05/01/bookkeeper-denies-theft-as-u-s-church-struggles-with-money-controls/

“American Catholics drop roughly $150 million into the Sunday collection plate every week,” the AP reports.

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