Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

CA--Parish honoring admitted child molester

Parish honoring admitted child molester 

He has been banned from LA and Chicago archdioceses and taken out of ministry by his religious order

He was sued for abuse last year, however

San Gabriel Parish still calls him priest, gives him award

May 25 event will also honor actor Edward James Olmos, others

Victims to Archdioceses: Act now to stop dangerous callous behavior

Victims of child sex abuse wrote a letter today to the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and Chicago and a Chicago-based religious order to express their outrage that a banned priest and admitted child molester is being honored by a local Los Angeles-area parish.

That man, Bruce Wellems, has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, removed from the priesthood in both Los Angeles and Chicago, and has also been taken out of ministry by the Claretians, a religious order—all for allegations of sexual abuse.

MT--Diocese files for bankruptcy ahead of trial, Victims respond

For immediate release, April 1, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Leader, (949)

The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is just the latest to hide behind bankruptcy protection to avoid potentially embarrassing and expensive child sex abuse and cover-up civil trials. 

These filings are seldom about money. Instead, church officials filed for federal protection on the eve of a July trial to ensure that victims and the general public never know the true extent of sex abuse and cover-up throughout eastern Montana.

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