Media Statements

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).

Diocese of Savannah, GA to Get New Bishop, SNAP Calls for Action

A Catholic diocese in Georgia is getting a new bishop. We hope that this incoming prelate will make the protection of children and the vulnerable his highest priority and we suggest two immediate steps he can take when he is formally installed as bishop.


Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Must Add Names to List of Accused Priests

The names of two abusive clerics that were revealed late last month by the Marianist order must be added to the rosters of abusive priests in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Catholic officials there must also explain why these names were omitted in the first place.


Five Delbarton Monks and One Lay Teacher Accused of Abuse, SNAP Responds

Five more monks and one lay teacher who lived and worked at Delbarton School in New Jersey have been accused of abuse in new lawsuits, including one monk – Fr. Benedict Worry – who is believed to currently be living at the school. We applaud these brave survivors who brought these claims forward and are confident that their information will help prevent future cases of sexual abuse.


Statement of SNAP Regarding a Motion to Dismiss the Federal Bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The legal counsel for the Abuse Survivor’s Creditors Committee filed a motion Friday, July 3rd, to dismiss the Archdiocese of New Orleans Chapter 11 bankruptcy on the grounds of “bad faith.” The attorneys also claimed that the Archdiocese pursued this bankruptcy to gain a litigation edge over current and future sexual abuse survivors’ claims for justice.  The lawyers cited two cases from the Fifth Circuit where defendants used this tactic to gain such an advantage.


SNAP Stands in Support of Danny Lavery and Calls for Investigation into Menlo Church


New Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Allentown and St. Theresa of The Child of Jesus Catholic School

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Allentown and a Catholic school in Pennsylvania. We applaud the brave victim in this case and hope his example inspires others to come forward.

 


Diocese of Baton Rouge Adds Name of Priest First Accused in 1994

Catholic officials in Baton Rouge have added the name of a “credibly accused" priest to their public list of abusers. This cleric was first accused in 1994, so we call on them to immediately explain the delay.


Former Sunday School Director Indicted on Rape Charges

A Catholic Sunday school teacher in Tennessee has been indicted on numerous charges related to child sexual abuse that occurred between 2013 and 2017. We applaud the brave young victim in this case for coming forward and reporting Michael Lewis, helping to ensure that other children are not hurt.


Missouri Priest Accused of Abuse Resigns After Allegation Deemed “Credible”

A Catholic priest accused of abuse in the Diocese of Jefferson City has resigned his position following a determination that the allegation was “credible” but not able to be corroborated. We are disturbed that diocesan officials are speaking out of both sides of their mouth in this situation and hope that others who may have knowledge in this case will come forward to police and prosecutors.


Survivors in New Orleans Robbed of Day in Court as Deacon George Brignac Dies in Jail

A serial sexual predator from New Orleans has died in jail while awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse. Our hearts ache for his victims who were denied their day in court and decry the minimization and cover-ups by the Archdiocese of New Orleans that allowed him to abuse so many.


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