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The Archdiocese of Washington DC (ADW) wants to thwart the will of the people of Maryland by declaring the CVA unconstitutional.

The Archdiocese of Washington DC (ADW) wants to thwart the will of the people of Maryland by
declaring the CVA unconstitutional.


ADW speaks out of both sides of its mouth after relying on funds obtained by the retroactive
application of asbestos civil cases.


The CVA was passed unanimously in the Maryland legislature and rapidly signed by the governor


WHAT: 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 ADW stop their immoral and unethical
practices of re-abusing and re-traumatizing survivors by attempting to have the Child Victims’ Act (CVA)
declared unconstitutional. In 2017 the ADW, along with the other two dioceses in Maryland quietly
snuck in a provision to the child abuse statutes that seemingly treated child abuse under statute of
repose restrictions. This seemingly prevented the ability for child abuse lawsuits from EVER being
resurrected through any retroactive changes in the statutes. However, even first year law students
understand that you can pretend to call a pig a duck, but that doesn’t make it a duck. Child abuse simply
does not follow the definition of repose. The ADW is doing this despite the fact that about 25 years ago,
they not only benefited from but actually encouraged the legislature to amend the existing statute of
repose for asbestos so that they, the ADW, could sue for retroactive damages, which they did.

WHEN: Wednesday 3/6/24 at approximately noon (immediately following the hearing scheduled to start
at 10 AM)


SNAP presser Thursday, Feb. 1 at 11:15 a.m. in Kansas City

Ex-cleric & abuse victims beg KC archbishop to act

They want him to re-assign accused priest

To be safe, move him to a parish without a school,' SNAP says

Twice in six months, accused abusers are put in/near KC Catholic schools

Just last month, SNAP says an Overland Park priest pleaded guilty to child porn

WHAT

Holdings signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and a former Kansas City Kansas Catholic priest will publicly beg Kansas’ top church official to

--reverse his recent decision to transfer an accused child molesting priest to a Lenexa parish with a school,

--fire a recently-hired Mission Catholic school principal who faced a child sexual abuse lawsuit, and

--hold an unprecedented, historic joint open public Q & A session and invite the public to discuss how reports of crimes against kids are handled in his archdiocese.

They will also

--disclose that last month an Overland Park KS priest was sentenced to prison on child porn charges,

--prod the archbishop to publicly seek out any youngsters there he may have hurt, and

--publicly appeal to Lenexa parishioners to insist that their church officials ‘work harder to safeguard the vulnerable.’


Clergy abuse victims/advocates presser THURS 11/30 @ 11:15a.m. & 1:15pm in Chicago

Victims blast Chicago Catholic officials

Church figures settle child abuse case for $2 million

Groups file 1st-ever complaint to Vatican about 5 of them

It names 2 cardinals, 2 bishops and a top official in Rome

SNAP:  'Dangerous priest is on the loose in Chicago, unmonitored & unsupervised'

Cardinal Cupich & others in the church 'must warn parents & the public about him'
WHAT
At a sidewalk news conference with signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse advocates will
-- announce a new formal, first-ever complaint to the Vatican against five top Chicagoland Catholic officials for 'ignoring, hiding and/or enabling' child sex crimes by clergy,
-- blast those church figures for ‘doing little or nothing’ to protect others from a predator priest who is believed to now live and work 'unsupervised and unmonitored' in the Chicago area (despite a recent $2 million settlement paid to one of his victims), and
-- urge the church officials to warn police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public about him, and
-- harshly critize the heads of three dioceses (Chicago, Joliet, Rockford) and a Chicago-based Catholic religious order for how they mishandled the predator, the case and the settlement.
They will also beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes or church cover ups to call law enforcement.

WHEN - Thursday, Nov. 30, outside two church institutions where the now-ousted but still living credibly accused predator priest worked or lived:
--At 11:15 a.m. outside the St. John Stone Friary, 1165 E. 54th Pl. (in Hyde Park), Chicago
--At 1:15 p.m. outside St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 S. Western Ave., Chicago

WHO
A veteran Chicago attorney who represents abuse victims and the former long-time director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

VISUALS
A large photo of the abuser and a poster listing credibly accused Chicago clerics in the Augustinians, the religious order to which the predator priest belongs

Wrongful death suit filed vs. Missouri boarding school

Wrongful death suit filed vs. Missouri boarding school
Mom sues because her son, gang raped there, is now dead
Unusual case names eight defendants; two of them are sheriffs
It also accuses a company that transports kids to such facilities
Victims also call for better laws & enforcement 'to prevent more abuse'


WHAT
Holding 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.

WHEN
Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
On 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

WHAT
Holding 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.  

WHEN
Thursday, 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.


The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) speak about the bankruptcy filing of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB).

(For Immediate Release) 

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) speaks about the bankruptcy filing of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB).

The AOB does not include parish assets in its declaration of assets but desires to have parishes protected by bankruptcy filing. They can’t have it both ways.

Survivors and supporters will attend the hearing to make their presence known to the bankruptcy judge followed by a protest at the Baltimore courthouse

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-md-archdiocese-next-step-20230929-7ynnqigrqzff7gy2b3abomevuu-story.html

WHAT: 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 AOB drop its bankruptcy filing in order to protect the patrimony of the Church. We will point out the hypocrisy of church officials.  We will demand that survivors be allowed to tell their stories in open court because justice requires it. For those who suffered from child sex crimes committed in the Archdiocese, there is no upside to this cruel and, in our opinion, unjustified legal tactic. SNAP believes that children, not secrets and assets, are what need to be protected.

WHEN: Tuesday 10/3/23 noon

WHERE: In front of the United States District Court in Baltimore.101 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201


The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Will speak about the upcoming activation of the Child Victim’s Act (CVA) and the possible bankruptcy declaration by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

For Immediate Release September 27, 2023

https://catholicreview.org/compensating-all-claims-of-abuse-archdiocese-considers-chapter-11-reorganization/

WHAT: A sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will encourage survivors to come forward and seek help while updating them on the upcoming change in Maryland law on 10/1/23. The CVA will take effect. 

WHENThursday 9/28/23 11:00 am

WHERE: In front of the Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201

WHO: 7-10 abuse survivors and advocates, including the Maryland SNAP Leader David Lorenz, who wants to reach out to adult survivors of sexual abuse and make them aware of the changes in Maryland law known as the Child Victim’s Act that will take effect on Sunday.  They will also call attention to the fact that the Archdiocese of Baltimore is floating the idea of declaring bankruptcy even before the first case is filed


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