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Former Bishop in New York Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Another U.S. Catholic bishop has been accused of child sexual abuse, this time on Long Island. Today, two women have come forward to accuse Bishop John McGann, formerly of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, of sexually abusing them as children.


Colorado Attorney General Announces Investigation into Clergy Sex Abuse

Colorado’s top law enforcement official has announced that he is opening an investigation into clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in his state.


SNAP Reacts to the Release of Names of Accused Clerics in the Diocese of Oakland

For immediate release: February 18, 2019

The Diocese of Oakland has finally released its list of clergy and religious brothers “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children. There are 45 names on the list, including at least 5 clerics who have never been publicly identified before: Thomas Duong Binh-Minh, Hilary Cooper, Patrick Finnegan, Daniel McLeod and Virendra Coutts.


Disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Defrocked, SNAP Responds


More Names Hidden in Chicago, SNAP Responds

Less than a week before the international summit he is slated to lead, Chicago’s top Catholic official is facing new questions about his knowledge and handling of three “credibly” accused priests in his Archdiocese. 


Child Victims Act Signed into Law, SNAP Responds


Massachusetts Church Officials Announce 15 New Cases


Virginia Dioceses Release Lists of Accused Clerics

Two dioceses in Virginia have released their lists of clergy who have been “credibly” accused of abuse. We are grateful for this move but urge further action.


New Jersey Dioceses Release Lists of Accused Clerics


Four publicly accused clerics who are not on Omaha"s list of those with "substantiated allegations"

Four publicly accused clerics who are not on Omaha"s list of those with "substantiated allegations"

--Fr. Thomas B. Laughlin, who “admitted to molesting dozens of boys over decades,” was described by a newspaper as “one of Oregon's most notorious pedophile priests,” and who spent “his last years living a quiet existence near family in Omaha.” A Nebraska native, Fr. Laughlin was ordained in Lincoln. He faced numerous civil suits, most of which settled, and was convicted at least once and sentenced to one year in jail. “Laughlin was known as an exceptionally charismatic priest and tremendous church fundraiser who hobnobbed with Portland's Catholic business and political elite,” wrote the Oregonian. 


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