Media Statements

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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Poland- New United Nations report cites Polish predator archbishop

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 harshly criticizes top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cites the case of a Polish archbishop who is accused of molesting children in Poland and the Dominican Republic.

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MN- UN Committee on Torture sites Jeyapaul 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)

A new United Nations committee report harshly criticizes top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cites the case of a fugitive Minnesota priest who molested at least one girl.

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Geneva- SNAP responds to new UN report blasting Vatican

For immediate release Friday, May 23, 2014 

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of the UK/Spain, SNAP leader (+44 7787 638245, michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com) 

For the second time this year, an international panel of experts is harshly criticizing the Catholic hierarchy for endangering children. We are grateful that more secular authorities are finally stepping up to safeguard children from powerful Catholic officials who commit and conceal devastating and widespread sexual violence against children. We hope this trend continues. 

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IL- Process to get new Chicago cardinal starts

For immediate release Thursday, May 22

Statement by  Kate Bochte, SNAP Leader, 630-768-1860 keight@sbcglobal.net

We hope that Chicago's next Catholic Archbishop will do more to prevent future clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. But we're not optimistic.

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KY- SNAP leader says Louisville minister is lying

For immediate release: Thursday, May 22

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)

Louisville's Rev. C.J. Mahaney is lying. He says he “cannot” speak during a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. He knows that's simply not true. He can speak, but he's choosing not to.

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