Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

Chicago pastor charged with sex abuse involving force, battery

Statement by Kate Bochte, Volunteer Chicago SNAP Leader, 630-768-1860,
A priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been assigned to at least three local churches was recently arrested and charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual abuse involving force as well as one count of misdemeanor battery. 
Prior to his arrest, Father Rigoberto Gamez  was the associate vicar of Canonical Affairs as well as the liaison for Hispanic charismatic renewal for Cardinal Blase Cupich.
SNAP applauds the two women, ages 19 and 29, and the 17 year-old girl who filed criminal complaints against Father Gamez. It takes a lot of courage to come forward, especially against a man who holds a title and position which often comes attached with public trust and admiration, deserved or not. We urge members of the parish and wider community to keep an open mind and allow the justice system run its course. 

Cardinal Wuerl Resigns with Pope’s Blessing – Insults Victims and Ignores the Coverup

For immediate release, October 12, 2018

Statement by Becky Ianni, SNAP Treasurer, Local DC SNAP leader, (703) 801-6044

We are thankful that Pope Francis has finally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Wuerl, who led the Archdiocese of Washington for many years. We hope that this action will bring healing to victims of clergy sexual abuse and relief to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington.

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