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).

New Book Claims Pope Francis Interfered with Whistleblowing Priest

Statement by David Clohessy, SNAP volunteer Missouri director (8/24/20)

First, a reminder: everyone who reports sexual violence deserves privacy. This man who is suing today is in prison for theft. He’s clearly done wrong. Still, every alleged victim of child sexual abuse deserves privacy and protection, even or maybe especially one who’s locked up.

San Antonio Archdiocese and Catholic Charities Get Huge Payments Intended for Covid-19 relief for Small Businesses

The Catholic Church lobbied for 1.4 billion dollars of taxpayer money that was intended for Covid-19 relief for small businesses. The San Antonio Archdiocese and the San Antonio Catholic Charities each received these Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds in the “1-2 million-dollar range.” In addition, “Gustavo Garcia-Siller Archbishop of San Antonio and his successors in office,” is listed three times as receiving funds in the range of 150,000 to 350,000 from the Small Business Administration. These statistics are easily found through ProPublica’s search tool.

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Announces “Amends Plan” for Ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield

New Orleans SNAP Reacts To Archbishop Aymond Adding Fr. Brian Highfill to the List of Credibly Accused Clerics

Dr. Scot Brandner and I grew up in the same St. Catherine of Siena parish neighborhood in Old Metairie in the 1970’s. We were both altar boys, though he was a couple of years older, and we never met. Our paths crossed in the mid 90’s at Ochsner Foundation Hospital where I was a medical social worker, and he was an anesthesia resident. Although we never met, I heard about his tragic suicide that shocked the entire community. Scotty was beloved by everyone who knew him.

SNAP: We Need to Demand Better of Our National Leaders

The leader of New York’s largest archdiocese will lead the prayer at the upcoming Republican National Convention, shining a spotlight on the tight connection between religious and political officials and reminding us of the critical need to demand better of our leaders.

Ohio Priest Arrested on Multiple Federal Charges, SNAP Calls for Outreach

A priest in Ohio has been arrested on multiple federal charges including the sex trafficking of minors. These are serious charges that demand significant outreach efforts by Catholic officials in the Diocese of Toledo.

Former Cardinal McCarrick Sued Again for Child Sexual Abuse in New Jersey

A now-disgraced cardinal who has already been accused of abuse at least a dozen times has been sued again in New Jersey. We applaud this brave survivor for coming forward and we hope this news will inspire other victims to speak out and get the help and support that they need.

120 Investigations into Clergy Abuse in Kansas thanks to KBI

Last year the Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced that they had opened an investigation into clergy abuse in 33 counties throughout their state. Today, the KBI updated Kansans with the news that they have opened 120 individual cases after receiving more than 200 reports from survivors, witnesses, and whistleblowers.

28 Lawsuits Filed in Pennsylvania on Two-Year Anniversary of Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the bombshell Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, twenty-eight people filed lawsuits against the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We hope that the legal theory being tested by these complaints holds true and that these brave men and women will have the opportunity to have their day in court.

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