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IN--Victims back Indiana bishop’s bid for national office

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

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Victims back Indiana bishop’s bid for national office

They “vigorously oppose” candidate running against him

The world’s largest group of clergy sex abuse victims is backing a top Indiana Catholic official who’s running to head a national church abuse panel and opposing a Washington prelate who is also in the race.,14653

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Vatican--Pope “snubs” ex-Denver archbishop; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,

This week, Pope Francis “snubbed” Colorado’s former top Catholic official (who now heads the Philadelphia Archdiocese). While we may disagree with the pontiff’s reasons, we are grateful that Philly Archbishop Charles Chaput has been given no further honors or recognition or power in the church hierarchy.

Widely respected Catholic journalist David Gibson of Religion News Service writes that Pope Francis’ decision to promote an Indiana archbishop to become a cardinal and head the much-larger Newark archdiocese “was also viewed by church observers as something of a snub to Chaput. Philadelphia’s five previous archbishops, going back nearly a century, had all been made cardinals.

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