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PA--SNAP responds, Altoona-Johnstown priest removed for abuse

For immediate release, July 6, 2017

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Leader, 636-433-2511SNAPjudy@gmail.com

Another accused Altoona-Johnstown priest has been “outed” by Bishop Mark Bartchak. He's Fr. Anthony Petracca . 

We applaud the brave person who was strong enough to step forward, expose Fr. Petracca and warn the public about him. We hope this disclosure will help that individual in his or her healing. And we are confident that this move will make children safer.

We urge victims, and whistleblowers to contact secular authorities, not church officials if they have knowledge or have been harmed by Petracca. And we beg anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered clergy crimes - by this cleric or others - to come forward, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

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Guam--Archdiocese pledges to make amends, Victims respond

For immediate release, July 6, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Volunteer Western Regional Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

The laity of the Archdiocese of Agana has already showed tremendous solidarity with victims by standing with them, believing them, praying for them, protesting outside of the cathedral, and demanding transparency and accountability from Archdiocesan leadership and the Vatican.

The only way that the Archdiocese can now make amends is to stop fighting victims in the civil courts, cooperating completely with civil authorities, and turning over and making public all evidence of child sex abuse and cover-up in their secret personnel files. 

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