FL - Abuse victims blast Miami archdiocese

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting Miami’s Catholic archbishop for keeping a controversial priest on the job despite two child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against him. And the priest’s own parishioners have started an on-line petition drive to get him ousted.

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IL- Bishop plans to reinstate priest, SNAP responds

Today we learned that Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet plans to reinstate a priest to ministry who was removed in 2010 because of allegations of sexual misconduct. This is a shocking and dangerous move by Bishop Conlon. He is the man in charge of children’s safety for all of America’s bishops as head of the bishops committee on sexual abuse. 

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KC - Former KC priest now runs women's shelter in NV

A Kansas City Catholic priest who is being sued for raping a teenaged girl reportedly now runs a shelter for abused women and their families in his Nevada home.  “For the sake of public safety,” clergy sex abuse victims are urging two bishops to stop him and warn others about him.

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TX - Austin priest masturbates on plane & gets arrested

An Austin priest has been arrested in Denver for masturbating to porn on an airplane. He is Fr. Daniel Drinan who was removed from his post in Austin in 2002 after an allegation of sexual contact with a minor was brought forward.

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MO - SNAP sends letter to Pope Benedict

Below is a copy of a letter that leaders of SNAP are sending to Pope Benedict, urging him to step in and punish Bishop Finn following his conviction yesterday on child endangerment charges.

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Mo- Bishop Finn guilty, SNAP responds

Only jail time would have made a real difference here and deterred future horrific cover-ups, anything less will not produce any meaningful reform.  

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MO- SNAP's statement regarding Bishop Finn's trial

There's a reason Bishop Finn's trial is happening on 24 hours notice, with few or no witnesses, before a judge, and on the day when President Obama speaks.

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MO - SNAP urges no sentencing for bishop today

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging a Kansas City judge and prosecutor to delay any sentencing of embattled Bishop Robert Finn today, should he plead guilty or be found guilty of concealing child sex crimes. A copy of the letter, sent this morning by fax and e mail, is below:

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High ranking bishop admits "no credibility" on abuse

The head of the US bishops abuse panel admits he and his colleagues have no credibility because of recent scandals in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He's half-right.

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Mo- Kansas City bishop goes to trial; SNAP responds

Bishop Finn is smart to 'fast track' this to limit the number of witnesses who will testify and expose his deceit and wrong doing. He knows that the more evidence that's presented, the worse he'll look.

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PA - Prosecutors recommend 8 to 10 years on child porn charges for priest

We are glad that federal prosecutors are taking the child porn charges against Fr. Bartley Sorensen seriously. Children are always safer when predators are behind bars, and lengthy prison sentences teach predators that their actions are not without serious repercussions.

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IL - SNAP Statement Regarding the Investigation of Chicago Orthodox Bishop

We are grateful that Bishop Matthias Moriak has addressed the rumors about him that have been swirling in Orthodox circles. The bishop of Chicago and the Midwest confirmed yesterday that he has been placed on a paid leave of absence while he is investigated by the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) for “inappropriate” behavior with a woman.

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