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).

Additions to the Diocese of Fresno's List of Accused Clergy

The below list of accused priests was compiled by SNAP Northern California leader Joey Piscitelli. These are men who worked and spent time in the Diocese of Fresno but are not listed on the diocesan list of accused priests.


More ‘Under The Radar’ Publicly Accused St. Louis Accused Priests

--Fr. Julian Haas, whose status is listed as “removed from ministry / under supervision” on a list of credibly accused Capuchin Franciscans (based inDenver, 303-477-5436 or jason.faris@capuchins.org,  joseph.elder@capuchins.org).


SNAP Letter to Archbishop Carlson

Dear Archbishop Carlson:

As you know, next month you’ll reach the mandatory retirement age for bishops. Unless you do something remarkable in the coming weeks, your legacy and obituary will likely cause you, your loved ones and your flock considerable shame, because it will prominently feature the stunningly embarrassing video deposition in which, according to NBC News, you

  • claimed you “didn’t know in the 1980s whether it was illegal for priests to have sex with children,” and
  • “responded 193 times that (you) did not recall abuse-related conversations from the 1980s to mid-1990s.”

Grand Jury Indicts Fr. Manual LaRosa Lopez, SNAP Responds


California Attorney General opens Probe into Archdiocese of Los Angeles


What Is Being Done to Prevent More Abusers Being Housed at Gonzaga?

Some question whether Gonzaga’s president knew about 24 suspended and accused abusive Jesuit priests who were at the school. But the key question is actually “What’s he doing now to punish those who were clearly reckless and reach out to those who may have been hurt?”


Ex-PSU President Sees Conviction Overturned

We are disappointed that the child endangerment conviction of ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier has been overturned and we hope prosecutors will re-try him.


SNAP Reacts to News that Central Valley District Attorneys will Audit Fresno Diocese

We are heartened to read that the district attorneys of at least seven counties will work together to ensure the audit of the Diocese of Fresno and its “secret archives” is complete and transparent. Civil oversight by secular professionals in law enforcement is the best way to protect children and get to the truth of institutional abuse scandals.


Statement by Janet Klinger of SNAP New York

As victims, we are tired of being turned away by Bishop John Barres. As parishioners, you deserve the same answers we seek. Only then can we protect children.


Settlement Reached in Duluth, MN

We are glad that the legal issues in the Diocese of Duluth, MN are resolved but hope other Catholic bishops avoid the temptation to seek Chapter 11 protection. This process almost inevitably helps complicit church officials keep a lid on their wrongdoing.


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