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State of Wisconsin Granted Professional Licenses to Four Priests with Histories of Abuse

CONTACT: Peter Isely, Founding Member, SNAP (414-429-7259,

It is being reported today that at least four ex-priests with histories of abusing children were granted or renewed licenses to practice social work and related professions in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker. All four have been identified by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as priests with substantiated histories of sexual abuse or misconduct.

Iowa Opens Inquiry into Clergy Abuse, SNAP Urges Full Investigation

Delaware Opens Hotline for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse

Auxiliary Bishop in NYC Accused of Abuse in January

An auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New York has been removed from his post following a credible allegation of abuse.

Church Officials in Sioux City Hid Allegations for Thirty Years, SNAP Responds

For more than 30 years Iowa Catholic officials knew a priest had abused at least 50 kids but kept silent. By protecting Fr. Jerome Coyle, the Diocese of Sioux City actively put other children at risk.

The Diocese of Steubenville Releases a List of Accused Priests

The Diocese of Steubenville publicly named 16 priests that have been removed from their duties due to “credible” allegations of sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Youngstown Releases Names of Accused Priests

The Diocese of Youngstown publicly named 31 priests that have been removed from their duties due to “credible” allegations of sexual abuse.

USA Gymnasts Sarah Klein and Jessica Howard to Join Other Sexual Abuse Survivors in First “All Survivors Day” Event in Philadelphia Nov. 3

CHILD USA, SNAP invite public to support survivors of sexual assault at worldwide gatherings

Philadelphia, Pa. – Oct. 30, 2018 - Survivors of sexual assault, including two gymnasts who were survivors of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, are among those who will speak at an event in Philadelphia on Nov. 3 for the first “All Survivors Day,” an international day to recognize survivors of sexual abuse. Gatherings are being held in several U.S. cities and throughout the world.

Second Priest Removed from Archdiocese of Omaha in One Week

For the second time in a week, an Omaha priest has been accused of sexual misdeeds. Now, Nebraska Catholic officials should go further and actively seek out anyone who may have additional information concerning the allegations against these two clerics.

US DOJ orders all US bishops not to destroy abuse documents, but in previous post Pennsylvania bishop did just that

Today it was learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has put every US diocese under notice to “not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any” documents related to the sexual abuse of children as they investigate “possible violations of federal law.”  The letter, addressed to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is significant because it covers not only the state of Pennsylvania, where the D.O.J. has officially launched a federal probe, but across the entire U.S.

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