Media Statements

Rome- Pope to hold "another PR meeting with victims"

For immediate release: Monday, May 26, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) 949-322-7434 jcasteix@gmail.com

Francis made three meaningless abuse comments today. None of them are significant in any way. All are disappointing because they amount to more public relations instead of real action.

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MA- Vatican official makes “silly” new abuse claim

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

In a new interview, a top Vatican official (Fr. Robert Oliver from the Boston archdiocese) claims “procedures” must be “developed” to deal with bishops who enable or hide clergy sex crimes. That's patently ridiculous.

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UK- Jehovah's Witness allow predator to "grill" victim

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

One of the most difficult—but important—things that a survivor of sexual abuse can do is report the crime and put a predator behind bars. That's what the victims in this case did. They worked with law enforcement to ensure that Jonathan Rose was arrested, convicted and jailed for molesting two little girls.

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Geneva- Victims worry about one UN recommendation to Vatican

For immediate release Friday May 23, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are troubled by a recommendation by the UN Committee Against Torture that Catholic officials set up “independent” mechanisms “which victims of alleged violations of the Convention can confidentially report allegations of abuse.”

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IL- Rockford priest arrested

For immediate release Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

An Illinois priest has been charged with indecent exposure. We are worried that his crimes don’t stop there.   

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Austria- Time to abolish Concordat!

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by David D’Bonnabel of SNAP (+43 699 125 904 64)

Victims in Austria are grateful that a UN Committee today expressed concern about concordats and other agreements negotiated by Vatican officials that “may prevent prosecution of alleged perpetrators by limiting the ability of civil authorities to question, compel the production of documentation by or prosecute individuals associated with the Catholic Church.” The CAT urges that these troubling agreements should not be used to shield criminals. 

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Germany- UN panel critical of Vatican’s handling of child sex abuse scandal, cites German priest

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

Today a United Nations committee severely criticized top Catholic officials for continually endangering children and specifically cited the case of a German priest who was, just a few years ago, allowed to stay on the job in ministry despite a criminal child sex abuse conviction.

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NJ- Pastor disciplined for letting predator in parish, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A New Jersey bishop suspended a pastor for allegedly allowing a predator priest to attend a parish event. This is a small belated step forward. 

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Geneva- Resounding 'win' for kids at the UN-what's next?

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Mary Caplan of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Here is the bottom line in the new UN committee report which severely criticizes the Vatican.

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Ireland- UN Committee on compensation for Magdalenes

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A new United Nations committee report blasts Vatican officials for not making sure that Catholic officials compensate the thousands of victims of the church-run Magdalene laundries 

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Aussie- UN panel blasts Vatican & cites Australia case

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

In Geneva today, the United Nations Committee Against Torture harshly criticized top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cited an Australian case in which an archbishop refused to cooperate with civil authorities about child sex crimes.

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UN Committee Addresses Clergy Rape and Sexual Violence as Torture

"Despite Objections and Early Pressure from Vatican Officials, Committee Takes on Church Policies and Practices That Enable Widespread Sexual Violence by Clergy"

May 23, 2014, New York, Geneva – Today, the United Nations Committee Against Torture found that the widespread sexual violence within the Catholic church amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited by the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

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