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SNAP Leader Mary McHale and Communications Manager Mike McDonnell participated in a PBS documentary episode about Pope Francis

On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. SNAP Leader Mary McHale and our Communications Manager, Mike McDonnell, participated in Season 2, Episode 1 about Pope Francis. Mary was interviewed as a survivor advocate at the 37:29 mark, and Mike is interviewed beginning at the 43:44 mark in this 60-minute segment.   https://www.pbs.org/video/pope-francis-bs5uc7/?fbclid=IwAR1GFUXqUt5w6_zB6nxkqic6HRQZ0fLPe7VPyBX_bsp98vKenHJUIoE8e9w   

Former Professor at Virginia Catholic College Arrested for Child Solicitation

William R. Luckey was arrested on June 25 and charged with solicitation of a 10 year old girl and two counts of taking indecent liberties with the child. Professor Luckey taught for almost 30 years at Christendom College in Virginia, a Catholic institution recommended by the conservative Cardinal Newman Society.

In Bankruptcy Proceedings, Norwich Catholic Leaders Move for All Records to be Sealed, SNAP Worries that Important Information on Abuse Will Be Concealed

A mere day after a Connecticut Catholic Diocese filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of lawsuits for child sexual abuse and cover-up, attorneys for the Church have gone even further and filed a motion to ensure that all information, financial and otherwise, in this case is sealed and redacted. To us, this motion is a clear and public example of Catholic officials using bankruptcy court as a means to protect their secrets, not just their money.

General Secretary of the USCCB resigns before a media report on sexual misconduct

Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), today announced the resignation of Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill from his post as the general secretary of the conference. The resignation came ahead of a media report alleging that Msgr. Burrill frequented gay bars and private homes using a popular “hookup” app on his mobile device.

New Clergy Sex Abuse and Cover up Lawsuit Filed in Archdiocese of Houston

New Clergy Sex Abuse and Cover up Lawsuit Filed in Archdiocese of Houston “Once again, the church has put its reputation above the protection of children” SNAP Calls for Immediate Action by Church Officials

Abusers’ names to be written on sidewalk

Abusers’ names to be written on sidewalk All are predator priests ‘under the radar’ here One was convicted for trying to hire a hit man But he, nor the others, are on diocese 'perp list’ Each is ‘credibly accused’ say bishops elsewhere SNAP also reveals settlement vs. another cleric He’s “the most dangerous KC clergy offender”

SNAP leaders call on the Archdiocese of San Antonio to update the abusive clergy list and to include Marianists priests who served San Antonio

WHAT: Holding signs at a news conference, survivors of clergy abuse and their supporters will identify the accused Marianist clergy members who have worked in this community, provide contact information for support for any new survivors coming forward, urging them to report any abuse to law enforcement first. SNAP calls out the archdiocese and St. Mary’s to be proactive in finding survivors who may need support. WHEN:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021. 12pm WHERE: Outside the San Antonio Archdiocese headquarters, 2718 Woodlawn Ave, on the public sidewalk in front of the Archdiocese sign.

SNAP Virtual Mini Conferences

These virtual mini conferences are free to all and will feature opportunities for survivors and advocates to learn about topics like healing, advocacy, and self-care from a variety of different speakers throughout the year. Our next mini-conference is scheduled for June 12 - learn more about our speakers and RSVP for free today!

We are especially grateful to the Ribera Law Firm of San Francisco, California for being a Gold-level Sponsor for our mini-conferences. Their support is critical to our ability to hold these free events and we are grateful to them for their support. Learn more about the Ribera Law Firm here.

 

We are also grateful to MK Safety Net who is a Bronze-level sponsor for our virtual conferences. MK Safety Net has been  a longtime supporter of SNAP and we are grateful for the work they do on behalf of missionary kids who have been abused. Learn more about MK Safety Net here.

Take Action and Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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