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Accused pastor stands trial in NJ, SNAP responds

A trial against an accused predator pastor began today in New Jersey.

We applaud this brave survivor for breaking her silence and reporting the abuse that she suffered to police. To come forward, especially at such a young age, is admirable. By doing so, she has likely spared many other children in Plainfield from the same fate that she allegedly met at the hands of Pastor George Benbow.

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Ex priest who worked in NE, TX and MO convicted of trying to hire hit man; SNAP responds

We are pleased that the jury has found Fr. John Fiala guilty. Considerable evidence showed that Fiala has committed several crimes. For the safety of kids, we hope he'll be locked up for a long time.

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Victims blast bishops in SC, FL, TN & MO over predator prelate

A support group for victims is admonishing the bishops of four Catholic dioceses for their “callous secrecy” about the death of a bishop who once worked at each location.

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Serial KC predator priest dies; Bishop keeps secret

Accused serial predator priest Fr. Francis E. McGlynn has passed away, and despite repeated pledges to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex crimes, McGlynn’s supervisor Bishop Robert Finn apparently has told no one in the public or the parishes. We suspect he didn’t tell police or prosecutors either. Sadly, none of the hundreds of current or former KC diocesan employees saw fit to spread the news either.

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Former Bridgeport Bishop installed in Baltimore, SNAP responds

Today, a new bishop has been officially installed as the Archbishop of Baltimore. Bishop William Lori previously worked as the Bishop of Bridgeport, CT, having led the diocese there since 2001. During Lori’s tenure, he has made several questionable and objectionable decisions. 

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New survey on clergy abuse is release; SNAP responds

Despite a decade of vigorous public relations, a new survey shows that most Catholics don’t believe their bishops are “reforming” how they deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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Prominent predator priest returns to Detroit

A prominent Catholic priest from the Detroit area has returned home in the wake of his admission that he had an “affair” and fathered a child whom neither he nor his Catholic institution are supporting.

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Top Vatican official kept silent for months about Legion predator

Reuters is reporting that a top Vatican official has kept silent for months about a high profile Catholic priest’s fathering a child. 

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Accused Buddhist priest arrested in Alaska for Illinois child sex crimes

Camnong Boa-Ubol, a Buddhist monk who raped a girl at a southwest-side monastery was arrested yesterday in Alaska. We're grateful that this credibly accused child molester is in custody. It's crucial that law enforcement aggressively pursue likely sex offenders who flee to other cities, states or countries.

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Another Legion of Christ sex scandal, SNAP responds

Our hearts go out to this woman and her child, and to everyone who has been hurt by the reckless, callous, secretive and cult-like Legion of Christ. We know that there are many other cases like this, in which a powerful priest has manipulated a vulnerable parishioner. (see Fr. Henry Willenborg on BishopAccountability.org)

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SNAP blasts backers of accused Rabbi in NY

This is a disturbing show of insensitivity and apathy towards the victim of this alleged predator. Child sex abuse is a heinous crime with long-lasting effects, and it is incredibly callous for these “supporters” of Nechemya Weberman to so publicly champion this alleged abuser. Shame on everyone involved.

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Extradition trial of Indian priest postponed, SNAP responds

An India court has postponed the extradition trial of a priest who abused a girl in Minnesota and then fled back to his native India. The trial is set for later this month.

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