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).

SNAP responds to Archdiocese of Chicago's new "disclosure" rules

Imagine if a gang member with a long criminal record announced he was reforming and would start cooperating with police voluntarily, but in reality he continues to submit to police questioning only when subpoenaed? Does that sound like a genuine change of heart? That’s essentially what the Chicago archdiocese is doing with clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits.


Notorious Seattle predator priest passes away, SNAP responds

James McGreal, a notorious predator priest from Seattle, has passed away.


Another accuses priest of child sex crimes; SNAP responds

We’re saddened but not surprised that another child sex abuse report involving Fr. Jack Spaulding is surfacing. Child predators rarely strike only once.


In rare move, SNAP praises controversial IL bishop

In an unusual move, clergy sex abuse victims are praising Belleville’s controversial Catholic bishop for his honesty.

All too often, Catholic officials led or let parishioners assume that any church cutbacks stem from clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. That’s rarely the case.

Hundreds of Vatican cables are released

Group urges public to read new Wikileaks disclosures

SNAP: Documents “pull back the veil” surrounding “secretive institution

SNAP criticizes promotion of Baltimore's Catholic archbishop

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has promoted by Pope Benedict. We feel that to reward O’Brien rubs salt into the wounds of clergy sex abuse victims.


SNAP responds to incomplete Boston predator priest list

Thanks to relentless pressure, and almost a decade after the first bishop posted the first list of pedophile priests, O'Malley belatedly and begrudgingly is making it a little easier for police, parishioners and the public to know who most of the Boston predator priests are.


Burlington diocese paying for past recklessness

No one should feel sorry for Burlington Catholic diocesan officials. If its leaders had shown more interest in accountability, transparency, and the safety of all parishioners, it wouldn't be in the position of owing milllions of dollars today.


Victims: shameless bishop is guilt-tripping Catholics

Bishop Boyce’s shameless comments are a carefully calculated, pre-emptive strike by a bishop who is disingenuously posturing as a victim.


SNAP responds to Cardelli sentencing

Our hearts go out to Cardelli’s victim. Cardelli’s strict prison sentence may offer her some small degree of healing, but unfortunately recovering from this sort of devastation can take a lifetime.


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