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Boston Archdiocese finds claims against priest unsubstantiated, SNAP responds

It is disconcerting that, in the case of Rev. Mendicoa, the Archdiocese of Boston has made nothing public except that the claim was “unsubstantiated." How was this determination made? Who were the witnesses? What criteria were used?  Because it provides no answers to these questions, the Archdiocese’s statement really means nothing. A statement this cryptic and a process this mysterious neither exonerates the priest nor reassures the public.

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SNAP applauds ruling in St. Louis County

We're grateful that a St. Louis County judge is letting Darrell & Rhonda Pitts' case against Rev. Billy Lee Little and the Christ Memorial Baptist Church move ahead. (Judge Steven Goldman issued his ruling this morning.) We're always glad when victims are given their day in court, and not left helpless because of archaic or arbitrary legal technicalities.

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New suit against former St. Louis psychologist filed, SNAP responds

On Monday, here at the St. Louis County courthouse, arguments in a previously-undisclosed sexual exploitation lawsuit will be heard. The case is against a minister, ex- psychologist, ex-St. Louis Cardinals’ consultant and ex-KMOX radio talk show host, Rev. William L. Little. 

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Prolific predator priest lives by playground, SNAP calls for action

It is one thing to punish a priest for his crimes and misdeeds he committed while wearing the collar. It is quite another to wash your hands of him, knowing full well what he has done and will likely continue to do, and consider the matter resolved. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia acted irresponsibly with their handling of Fr. David Sicoli in the past. They are acting negligently with regard to Sicoli now.

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SNAP urges investigation of "secrecy-obsessed" commune

It’s both dangerous and outrageous any time alleged spiritual figures insist that their followers agree to keep potential crimes secret. The notion that "that all disputes be settled within the confines of the church" is a pedophile’s dream and recipe for disaster.

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SNAP responds to removal of Fr. Schaeffer from Indianapolis school board

Yesterday, Fr. Bradley Schaeffer stepped down from his position on the Board of Trustees at Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis. We are glad that this cleric has been removed from his position of honor.

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RI bishop keeps silent about child sex report vs. priest

Shame on Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin. He got a credible report of sexual abuse by Fr. Timothy Gordon and kept it secret, just like bishops have done for decades.

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Three Groups Want Jesuit to Resign from Position on College Board

We are here today representing three different groups who want a Board member of Loyola University’s Board of Trustees to resign. The three groups are SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, CCC, Coalition of Concerned Catholics and VOTF, Voice of the Faithful.

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SNAP responds to conviction of Pastor in Baltimore

The decision today by the Baltimore jury that found Pastor Leon Jones guilty of eight counts of child sexual abuse is one step towards healing the pain that his young victim has suffered. We hope that anyone else who may have been a victim of Jones’ crimes are emboldened by this decision and come forward to police and prosecutors. 

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Teacher loses her license for failing to report abuse, SNAP responds

We applaud the Kansas Board of Education for revoking the teaching license of woman who delayed in reporting suspected child sex crimes to law enforcement.

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SNAP responds to disturbing abuse case in Washington D.C.

This is an extremely disturbing case, and we are glad that Randolph King is now behind bars where he cannot hurt more children. At the same time, we are disgusted that it took three days for the police to be called in to investigate.

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SNAP calls for ouster of Loyola board member

Yesterday, a Jesuit cleric resigned from a college board under pressure because he did little or nothing to stop a prominent Chicago priest from molesting dozens of children.

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