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NY--Archdiocese pays 3 men $250k each, maintains secrecy, and covers for abuser priest

For immediate release Monday, December 11, 2017

Statement by Kate Bochte SNAP leader 630-768-1860keight@sbcglobal.net)    

Three Hudson Valley men have bravely disclosed years of sexual abuse by a since-defrocked Catholic priest, Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile, leading the Archdiocese of New York to pay each man $250,000 in compensation. 

http://www.recordonline.com/news/20171210/archdiocese-pays-3-local-men-250k-each-after-priest-abuse-claims

We commend these men for coming forward. Doing so will likely help prevent child abuse, help others who have been or are being abused share their own accounts, and help hold those who commit or enable sexual abuse accountable for their actions. 

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TX--Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

For immediate release, December 11, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-crime/priest-gets-life-sentence-in-cold-case-murder-of-texas-beauty-queen-idUSKBN1E300D

SNAP applauds the judicial system for according justice to second-grade teacher Irene Garza, to her family and friends, and for bringing her murderer, Father John Feit, to accountability after many years. This is a case that took nearly 60 years to solve.

From the outset, strong indicators suggested that Feit should have been considered a primary suspect in Irene Garza’s murder. But as we learned during this trial and as Reuters reports, Catholic officials leaned on justice officials almost immediately after Garza’s murder, asking them not to consider Feit as a suspect. Feit was, in fact, shielded for years by Catholic officials, though a former Trappist monk had known from counseling Feit three years after Garza’s murder that Feit had murdered Garza. This former monk testified about this in Feit’s trial.

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