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Pope sends archbishop to Chile to investigate Bishop Juan Barros, SNAP responds

For immediate release Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The Vatican announced this morning that Archbishop Charles Scicluna would travel to Chile "to listen to those who have expressed the desire to provide elements" about the allegations against Bishop Juan Barros.

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MN, CA--Adult parishioners also need protection from predatory clergy

For immediate release Sunday, January 28, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors for SNAP, the Survivors Network (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

In 2016 a California priest, Father Jacob Andrew Bertrand, was charged with having sex with a Minnesota woman while celebrating a private Mass.  According to Minnesota law, it is unlawful for clergy to have sex with people they are not married to while providing religious advice, even if the sex is consensual. On January 22nd the priest pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/23/priest-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-misconduct-during-private-mass-in-mendota-heights/

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