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Archdiocese of New Orleans, abuse survivors still far from settlement; ‘A knife fight since day one’

NEW ORLEANS (LA) [New Orleans, LA] November 17, 2023 By Stephanie Riegel   After three-and-a-half years of courtroom squabbles, the Archdiocese of New Orleans and attorneys representing hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse are far from a deal that would allow the local Roman Catholic church to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection. Two days of hearings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where Judge Meredith Grabill is overseeing the church’s Chapter 11 reorganization, covered a host of issues related to property sales, insurance claims and whether survivors of clergy sexual abuse should be permitted to file suit against individual parishes in addition to the archdiocese. They yielded no rulings and largely demonstrated to parishioners, the public and Grabill how a process Archbishop Gregory Aymond hoped would allow the church to put the abuse crisis behind it had descended into bitter and drawn out legal disputes. Attorneys representing abuse survivors are frustrated by the lack of progress, they said during the hearings. Meanwhile, attorneys for insurance companies said they’re being left out of settlement talks that will inevitably involve them. “Everything has been a knife fight since day one,” said an exasperated Grabill while admonishing attorneys for the archdiocese for failing to disclose information related to a property sale. She said she would likely need to “start imposing a move collaborative process.” A long fight

SNAP Letter to Christophe Cardinal Pierre - Papal Nuncio

Oct. 19, 2023His Eminence Christophe Cardinal PierrePapal Nuncio3339 Massachusetts Ave NWWashington, DC 20008 Dear Cardinal Pierre: "The Diocese of Springfield’s handling of child sex abuse allegations is a story of failed leadership—leadership that allowed clerics to sexually abuse children in the diocese for decades. Through it all, men leading the diocese for 50 years chose to protect the reputation of the church and its clerics, rather than attempt to ensure the physical and mental well-being of its children.”“As a result, children of the diocese suffered through decades of child sex abuse, the impact of which continues to this day."So wrote Illinois’ highest ranking law enforcement professional, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, following a nearly five-year investigation into clergy sex crimes and cover ups across the state.Into this horrific situation stepped Bishop Thomas Paprocki twelve years ago. He knew Springfield had been a troubled diocese. (In fact, one of his predecessors, Bishop Daniel Ryan, was a child molester himself, as Paprocki himself was aware.)So one would reasonably have expected Paprocki to be especially diligent, sensitive and proactive about abuse.His experience should have also enabled him to better deal with abuse.

SNAP weighs in on USCCB meeting in Baltimore

For Immediate Release November 13, 2023 When all US Catholic bishops meet in Baltimore, we urge them to discuss the church's ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover-up crisis. Ignoring this still-widespread and deeply hurtful criminal scandal leads to further complacency which enables more predators to assault more kids.While the Catholic hierarchy's internal panels, procedures, policies and protocols on abuse are inherently flawed and rarely effective, not talking about this crisis is the wrong approach. Specifically, at a bare minimum, we urge the bishops to at least discuss the possibility of:---establishing a whistleblowers fund to help church employees who experience retaliation after reporting known or suspected child sex crimes to church officials, and---fighting for, not against, reforms of secular abuse laws to give victims of childhood sexual violence more time to expose those who commit or conceal child sex crimes in court. We also urge them to vote AGAINST elevating San Francisco's archbishop to a committee chairmanship.San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone remains one of only about a dozen prelates who stubbornly, recklessly and callously refuse to disclose and post on their website the names of credibly accused child molesting clerics. On that basis alone, he should be denied any more positions of respect or responsibility in the church.(He's one of two candidates to become head of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo is running against him.)   CONTACT: David Lorenz, SNAP Maryland ([email protected], 301-906-9161), Teresa Lancaster, SNAP Member ([email protected], 410- 703- 9122),  Mike McDonnell, SNAP Interim Executive Director ([email protected], 267-261-0578   (SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is once again tone deaf to the cry of the poor: they have ignored survivors’ cries for justice

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is once again tone deaf to the cry of the poor: they have ignored survivors’ cries for justice   The Bishops' Conference ignores two primary findings of the recent Synod which concluded on October 28th   The USCCB sits on their hands while Archbishop William Lori re-victimizes survivors by filing for bankruptcy, not to protect Church assets, but to avoid the scandal of civil litigation   WHAT: At a sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will demand that the USCCB follow the findings of the recent Synod which recommends a new approach to the child abuse crisis and also to have “regular reviews of the bishop’s performance with reference to …safeguarding against all possible kinds of abuse.” They will call on the USCCB to take these recommendations seriously, as well as to review the conduct of Archbishop Lori. Specifically, to look into how the Archbishop has handled the abuses newly revealed by the Maryland Attorney General and how he has revictimized survivors by filing for bankruptcy. The Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB) has not shown any financial insolvency due to child abuse cases being filed.  SNAP will also call, once again, for the Archbishop to attend each of the bankruptcy hearings where survivors are given a chance to tell their stories in an atmosphere where they feel protected by the court, rather than in the Archbishop’s inner sanctum where survivors feel intimidated by the trappings of ecclesiastical power.   WHEN: Tuesday 11/14/23 at 1:30 PM   WHERE:  Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202   WHO: Abuse survivors and advocates, including Maryland SNAP Leader David Lorenz and Maryland SNAP member Teresa Lancaster

Wrongful death suit filed vs. Missouri boarding school

Wrongful death suit filed vs. Missouri boarding schoolMom sues because her son, gang raped there, is now deadUnusual case names eight defendants; two of them are sheriffsIt also accuses a company that transports kids to such facilitiesVictims also call for better laws & enforcement 'to prevent more abuse' WHATHolding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will--announce the first-ever wrongful death lawsuit against a controversial, unlicensed, independent  and now-shuttered Baptist facility for 'troubled teenagers' in southern Missouri, and--call on Missouri lawmakers to pass a new law that would expand the state's civil statute of limitations on abuse which would enable more child sex abuse victims to expose those who commit or conceal child sex crimes in court.--urge local and state law enforcement agencies to more aggressively investigate similar schools and more vigorously prosecute wrongdoers. WHENTuesday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m. WHEREOn the sidewalk outside the Federal Courthouse 400 E. 9th Street in downtown Kansas City, MO

Groups seek Vatican’s help re: Springfield IL bishop

Groups seek Vatican’s help re: Springfield bishop SNAP files formal complaint about him to Vatican Two men hurt by local clerics speak for the first time   They name 2 'already outed' Spgfld area predator priests Victims want to speak to big upcoming diocesan assembly WHATHolding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will announce that their group is filing with the Vatican (under a new and little-known church process) a lengthy formal complaint charging that Springfield's bishop is deliberately protecting predator priests and making it harder for victims to report abuse. Two Illinois men will also speak publicly for the first time about the childhood suffering they experienced. One man was molested by a local priest. The other was molested by his brother who was molested by a different local priest. The group will also:--use chalk to write on the sidewalk the names of proven, admitted &/or credibly accused child molesting clerics who are or were in the Springfield Diocese but are NOT on the official diocesan 'credibly accused' list, and--ask Springfield's bishop to let victims them speak later this month at a diocese-wide assembly.   WHENThursday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 pm

Diocese of Oakland priest accused of child sexual abuse in a current lawsuit still in ministry in Rodeo

For immediate release September 29, 2023 Diocese of Oakland priest accused of child sexual abuse in a current lawsuit still in ministry in Rodeo As far as SNAP can tell, the faithful in the parish were never alerted to the accusations and the cleric was never suspended Survivors’ group thinks that this does not square with the promises of the Dallas Charter and prior actions by the Diocese Victims and advocates urge Bishop Michael Barber to be transparent with the parishioners of his Diocese and the public WHAT: Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and advocates will: -- Discuss whether the failure of the Diocese of Oakland to notify the faithful that their priest was accused in a lawsuit for child sexual abuse is part of a deliberate strategy to keep the information secret; -- Urge Bishop Michael Barber to come clean to the affected parishioners and let them know about the accusations; and -- Ask the faithful to ponder how this omission squares with the promise of the Dallas Charter and the usual procedures of the Diocese in such cases. WHEN: October 1, 2023, at 9:00 AM WHERE: On the public sidewalk outside of St. Patrick Catholic Church, 907 Seventh Street, Rodeo WHO: 4 to 5 clergy abuse victims and advocates, including survivors from the Oakland Diocese WHY: An active Diocese of Oakland priest has been accused of child sexual abuse in a recently filed lawsuit. The clergyman, Fr. Larry Young, is still in ministry as the pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rodeo despite the accusations.

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.

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