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).

Pope Should Move Quickly to Name Wuerl’s Successor and Remove Him From Bishop Selection Process

On FridayPope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Today, we believe that Pope Francis should finish what he began last week and move quickly to both name Cardinal Wuerl’s successor and to immediately remove him from the Congregation of Bishops, the powerful committee that selects new hierarchs. Given the Cardinal’s connection to the ongoing church sexual abuse scandal, we believe he has no business helping to select any church official for any job.


Chicago pastor charged with sex abuse involving force, battery

Statement by Kate Bochte, Volunteer Chicago SNAP Leader, 630-768-1860, katebochte@gmail.com
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. 

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