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Pope Francis and Sex Abuse: Time for Another* Reality Check

By Betty Clermont

September 26, 2014

“Pope sacks Paraguay bishop accused of protecting abuser priest” or some similar headline was carried by newspapers and news agencies around the world yesterday, unanimously praising Pope Francis for “taking action” against a prelate for harboring a clerical sex abuser. Since such notorious guardians of offending priests as Twin Cities Archbishop Niensted, Kansas City Bishop Finn and Newark Archbishop Myers are still in place although petitions have been sent to the pope for their removal, and just about every hierarch appointed or promoted in the U.S. by Pope Francis has a dismal record in this regard, accurate headlines would have stated the real reason this bishop was “sacked.”

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Media Statements

MO- Citing religion, dad withholds food from kids; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 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, the Missouri Supreme Court hears the case of a Seventh Day Adventist who withheld food from his kids as a punishment. We hope the court upholds the child abuse sentence against the man.

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MO- Vatican investigates Kansas City bishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 29, 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)

What is to investigate? Years ago, Finn was found guilty of breaking the law and knowingly and repeatedly hiding evidence of child sex crimes from police. Because of his selfish and callous crime, more innocent little girls and their families were hurt by then Fr. Shawn Rattigan. Both Francis and Benedict should have ousted and defrocked Finn long ago. Doesn’t common sense and human decency strongly suggest that Finn has no place in ministry?

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PA- Bishop bans boy/girl sports contact; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer has barred boys and girls from competing against one another in school contact sports.

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NY- Franciscan brother accused of sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

A New York Franciscan brother has been removed from his position following allegations that he sexually abused a student. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and reported these allegations. 

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