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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).

Pope Names New Cardinals, Some Undeserving of the Honor

Among the 13 men promoted by Pope Francis to the coveted role of Cardinal is a man who once compared calls for reform in the Catholic Church to the Holocaust and another who was once held in contempt of court for failing to provide the medical records of a child abuser.

Boy Scout Bankruptcy Reveals Similarities with Catholic Church Abuse Scandal

Patton Priest Removed from Ministry Following Allegation of Child Abuse

A Catholic priest from a Pennsylvania diocese has been placed on leave following an allegation of “recent inappropriate conduct involving minors.” We hope this news encourages others who may have been hurt to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.

Rev. Patrick Wattigny Arrested by Police in Georgia

A Catholic priest who was removed from his parish in Louisiana earlier this month after he confessed to abusing a child in 2013 has now been arrested on child molestation charges by police in Georgia. We are grateful to law enforcement for getting this admitted-abuser off the streets and hope this arrest encourages other victims to come forward and make a report.

Michigan AG Releases Preliminary Report into Clergy Abuse

Michigan’s attorney general has provided an update on her two-years long investigation into clergy abuse, which focused on the seven Catholic dioceses in her state. The numbers are at once both startling and exactly what we expected.

SNAP Applauds AG Intervention into Child Sexual Abuse at a D.C. Preschool

The Attorney General of Washington D.C. has sued a Hebrew congregation for failing to protect children from sexual abuse. We applaud this move and are confident that this will help protect future boys and girls from the scourge of sex crimes.

Archbishop Aymond Tiptoes Towards Zero Tolerance

Blame for “Dire Consequences” Lies at the Feet of Catholic Officials in PA

Church attorneys are warning of “dire” financial consequences for dioceses in Pennsylvania if the state supreme court upholds an earlier ruling that allowed survivors of clergy sexual abuse to file lawsuits. Responsibility for those “dire consequences” should be laid at the feet of Catholic  officials who covered-up abuse for years, not the survivors who are seeking their day in court.

SNAP Speaks Out on Episode 3 of Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church

Catholic University and the Catholic Project sponsored a series of podcasts entitled Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church to address the scandal of sexual violence in their Church. The stated purpose of the series was to bring “light and understanding” to the issue and to end the silence about sexual abuse.

Archbishop Cordileone Conducts Exorcism to Drive Out Evil, but Refuses to Act to Drive Out Clergy Abuse

The Archbishop of San Francisco recently performed an exorcism at an historic California mission where a statue representing Saint Junipero Serra was toppled during a protest in support of indigenous people.

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