Media Statements and Events

AZ – Phoenix priest subject of abuse lawsuit in Guam

Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)

A priest from the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam currently working in Phoenix has been recalled to the island after a lawsuit accused him of sexual abuse. This is the first public allegation against Father Adrian Cristobal.

https://pacificnewscenter.com/archdiocese-calls-fr-adrian-back-to-guam-following-sexual-abuse-allegations/

While we have no firsthand knowledge about the accusations against Father Cristobal, we do know that research has shown that false allegations of abuse are extremely rare. 

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Chile – Pope admits “serious mistakes” in sex abuse crisis; survivors vindicated

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, Volunteer Secretary of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175,melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Pope Francis today admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling Chile’s sex abuse crisis. We rejoice with the Chilean survivors whose steadfast witness is vindicated by the Pope’s admission. 

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-admits-serious-mistakes-in-chile-sex-abuse-case-38511

During a trip to South America earlier this year the pope told reporters that there was no proof that Bishop Juan Barros Madrid and three other bishops knew about Father Fernando Karadima’s sexual abuse of children. Yet Juan Carlos Cruz and other victims testified in court and wrote in letters sent to church officials that these bishops did know and covered it up. Not only did the pope ignore this evidence, he also slandered these survivors by accusing them of calumny.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_to_pope_francis_let_an_independent_panel_review_the_case_against_bishop_barros

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