As a judge in Guam weighs what assets should be included in an ongoing bankruptcy reorganization for the Archdiocese of Agana, we hope that she will elect to include all of the Archdiocesan assets in the bankruptcy.
Once again, a news story has broken about a serially abusive Church staffer who has been left off lists of perpetrators in multiple states, replete with weak excuses from Catholic officials attempting to explain away their lack of transparency. This is yet another example of why the only openness we can truly count on in cases of clergy sex crimes is that afforded to the public through grand jury investigations, interventions by attorneys general, and reports to police and prosecutors.
Colorado’s governor has signed SB 73 into law, an important piece of legislation that will protect future children from abuse and provide more current victims with a pathway to justice. We applaud this development and appreciate the many survivors who shared their stories, testified in support of this reform, and worked tirelessly with their legislative allies to get this needed bill passed.
A former Catholic priest from Los Angeles County has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused multiple children in the late 1990s. We applaud the police and prosecutors for charging this dangerous man and we hope that this news encourages others who may have been hurt by this clergyman or any other clerics to come forward.
In September of 2019, it was announced that a Minnesota bishop was placed under investigation for covering up cases of clergy abuse. Today, he resigned before the results of that investigation were made public.
Former Auxiliary Bishop who Mishandled Abuse Allegations Placed In Charge of Cincinnati Parish, SNAP Responds
In a tone-deaf move from Catholic officials in Cincinnati, a former auxiliary bishop who resigned his position after it was discovered he ignored allegations against an abusive priest for six years has now been reassigned to a local parish. We are outraged that a man who so failed in his duty to protect children from abuse has now been put in charge of a parish and we hope parents and parishioners will stand up against this appointment.
Catholic Priest and Former Mayor of Plattsburgh Accused of Abuse, SNAP Calls for Investigation by Law Enforcement
A lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg alleging sexual abuse of a minor at the hands of two of their priests, one of whom eventually became the mayor of Plattsburgh, NY. We hope that this news encourages others to come forward. However, we are concerned that other allegations may have been suppressed due to the power and political connections of the former mayor.
A year and a half after they first released names of abusers, Catholic officials from the Norbertine order have added two new names to their list and agreed to have another review of their abuse files by an outside law firm. We are glad that the order is taking a more unbiased review of its files and hope that they continue to update their list with more information.
Indictment Returned Against Franciscan University Priest, SNAP Calls out Diocese of Steubenville for Hairsplitting
A priest who worked as a campus minister at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery, but church officials in Steubenville are splitting hairs over the priest’s status as a religious order priest.
According to Catholic officials from Santa Fe, “just under 400 claims” of clergy sexual abuse have been brought against the Archdiocese, and Church leaders admit that “many/most of them—past and present—check out as very likely.” We are glad that this admission has been made but cannot help but feel that this is but a small picture of the true scope of sexual abuse and cover-up within New Mexico.