For immediate release, September 30, 2017
Statement by Becky Ianni, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Virginia/Washington DC Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network, SNAPvirginia@cox.net, (703) 801-6044
The crime of child pornography is not a victimless crime. The children in these images are in the process of being sexually abused or exploited. We applaud the RCMP for vigorously investigating these alleged crimes.
This is now the second time that Msgr. Capella has been accused by civil authorities. This is the second time that the Vatican has said it will handle the issue internally. This is not acceptable, nor is it in accordance with Pope Francis’ own statements on transparency. If he is to adhere to his promises to victims, Catholics, and the public, Pope Francis must fully cooperate with civil authorities in both Canada and the United States.
For immediate release, Thursday, September 28, 2017
Statement by Mary Dispenza of Seattle, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Seattle Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (425-941-6001 or 425-644-2468, Seattle@SNAPnetwork.org)
One of two lawsuits filed against the Seattle Archdiocese has settled for $1.3 million. The other suit is ongoing. Both alleged that the Archdiocese helped a teacher secure a public school position while knowing that he had sexually abused students at Archdiocesan schools. The teacher, Edward Courtney, was on a list the Archdiocese released last year of brothers, priests, deacons and nuns who abused children in its territory.