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).

Victims blast archdiocese over missing predators’ names

Could Cardinal O’Malley be more self-serving? He’s a religious order cleric. So he keeps secret the names of dozens of religious order clerics who are proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesters.

Penn State probe must truly be independent; SNAP says

A panel of Penn State trustees that is supposedly looking into the university's abuse and cover up scandal will speak today.

Bishop to challenge US child porn laws; SNAP responds

Just when you think Kansas City Catholic officials can’t get any worse, now Bishop Robert Finn has indicated that he may try to overturn federal laws banning the production of child pornography. 

Disgraced Cardinal Law "retires" but still has massive power

While Cardinal Bernard Law has been replaced as head of one of Rome’s most prestigious churches, the AP reports that he “remains a member of a half-dozen important Vatican congregations, including the office that helps the pope select bishops.”

Shocking disclosures in Joliet pedophile priest case; SNAP responds

Joliet Catholic church officials claim they’ve “lost” possible evidence of child porn by a priest. And they refused to give police records about that priest’s formal “evaluation.” Shame on them.

Retired Cardinal will testify, SNAP responds

We're grateful that Bevilacqua will have to face tough questions under oath about concealing heinous child sex crimes. He shouldn't be able to evade responsibility and justice by claiming to be ill.

Catholic archbishop slashes therapy for abuse victim; SNAP responds

Once again, Catholic officials rub salt into the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of a person who was sexually assaulted by a priest during childhood. Shame on them.

Abuse victims’ group blasts Syracuse officials

It’s heartbreaking to read that a victim of a predatory Syracuse coach came forward to police and university officials years ago but nothing happened. It's the trifecta of betrayal - a predator who commits child sex crimes and an employer and a police department that seemingly do little or nothing to stop those crimes.

Fourth KC whistleblower speaks

We commend Larry Probst of Kansas City, who – until a few months ago – worked in the diocesan headquarters here (until he reported a co-worker’s alleged sexual misconduct and was let go). He recently spoke publicly for the first time, disclosing

--the “hostile work environment” and sexual harassment he suffered in there,

--the “offensive, sexually oriented material that was often open and obvious to any passer-by” in the diocese headquarters, and

--the response of church supervisors to his concerns (“indifference, defense, protection and resentment” and threats of “losing my job”.)

SNAP blasts Finn for picking "biased, bizarre shrink"

Finn clearly didn’t want an honest assessment of Fr. Ratigan’s sickness. He wanted legal and public relations ‘cover’ so he could put Fr. Ratigan around kids again.

What kind of therapist diagnoses an adult as “lonely” because he takes hundreds of pictures of little girls’ crotches? What kind of therapist blames a parochial school principal for that child predator’s problems? And what kind of bishop seeks out this therapist?

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