Priest Civil Sex Abuse Trial Begins - Victims Respond

The civil sex abuse trial of alleged Huntington Beach/Santa Barbara predator priests Gus Krumm and Alexander Manville begins Monday, September 19, 2011 in Orange County Superior Court, CX 105.


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SNAP slams new NH Catholic bishop

Libasci

Libasci moves from one of the nation’s most scandal-ridden dioceses to another. For more than 30 years, he was a priest in Rockeville Centre, a diocese whose officials were called “reprehensible” by an impartial citizen after a long grand jury investigation. Read more
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A brave, early, caring whistleblower has passed away

Rita was a courageous and compassionate woman who, for years, was one of the very few who tried hard to warn parents and parishioners about Washington's most prolific and devastating predator priest. We extend our deepest sympathy to her loved ones and our gratitude to those who joined her quest to safeguard kids and expose wrongdoing.

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Bishop testifies; SNAP responds

Despite what Finn's lawyer says, the bishop is not "cooperating" with law enforcement. He's doing what he must: responding to a grand jury subpoena.

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San Bernardino Priest and Former High School Teacher Accused of Abuse

Earlier this week, San Bernardino Diocese officials announced that a retired priest and former high school teacher, Father Robert J. Donat, has been accused of sexual abuse by at least one boy.  Donat taught at Aquinas High School.  He now lives and works in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Teen Mental Health Counselor loses in Child Sex Case

A civil child molestation lawsuit against a former Catholic priest who counseled Indiana teens and young adults until a year or two ago will keep moving forward because of a new court ruling this week.

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Together we can do what we can’t do alone

Yesterday in The Hague, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) took a historic step when our leaders, with attorneys from the human rights organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), filed a long-awaited and long-overdue, lengthy and detailed complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Vatican for crimes against humanity.  This complaint charges that Vatican officials tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world.  In calling for investigation, we submitted over 20,000 pages of supporting materials, consisting of reports, church policy papers and evidence of crimes by Catholic clergy committed against children and vulnerable adults.

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Statements from SNAP Leaders on ICC filing

Statement by SNAP President Barbara Blaine

We’re taking this historic step today for one very simple reason: to protect innocent children and vulnerable adults. Across the globe, we believe hundreds of boys and girls are being sexually violated right now by Catholic priests, nuns, bishops, and seminarians. That widespread violence is being systematically concealed, as it has been for decades, by top officials of a callous, secretive, rigid, and powerful global hierarchy.

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Australian archbishop says “I was abused” – SNAP responds

Our hearts go out to Archbishop Hepworth. We sympathize with his suffering and we applaud his courage.

All abuse is horrific. Abuse by religious authority figures is especially heinous. And abuse by church officials who can potentially derail the church career of a devout young seminarian or priest is even more heinous.

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SNAP responds: Cleveland priest removed

The Diocese of Cleveland has posted on its web that Fr Mathew Ischay has been placed on leave as the result of a court complaint alleging that misconduct with a minor occurred in the late 1970’s.

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Jailed TX predator priest is defrocked

Finally, a decade after a jury first found him guilty of molesting kids, the Vatican has defrocked a serial predator priest, Fr. Thomas Teczar, who assaulted children in Texas and Massachusetts.

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Chaput takes over; SNAP begs for continued vigilance

Philly citizens have a simple choice – vigilance or complacency. We hope they’ll choose vigilance.

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