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).

South Side Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse, SNAP Applauds Victims for Speaking Out

A prominent pastor from Chicago’s south side has been accused of grooming and abusing at least three women. We applaud these brave survivors for coming forward and we hope their example inspires others who may have been hurt to come forward and make a report to police and prosecutors.

Catholic Church Abuses Financial Laws for their Benefit in Multiple Ways

This month Catholic officials in Houston showed their willingness to take money that was not originally meant for them. But last year, our local SNAP leader learned that those same Catholic officials would be willing to bend the rules the other way in order to deny him his job, his income, and his stability.

Diocese of Peoria to Get New Bishop, SNAP Calls for Action

A Catholic diocese in Illinois saw its new bishop ordained yesterday. We hope that this new 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.

New Lawsuit Exposes Disgraced Cardinal’s “Sex Ring” and names Five Additional Priests Involved

A newly filed lawsuit from New Jersey alleges that disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick ran a “sex ring” from his beach house on the Jersey Shore and names five additional priests who were involved in this criminal conspiracy. We applaud this brave survivor for coming forward and sharing this information with parishioners and the public. We are confident that abuse will be prevented thanks to these disclosures.

Tangled Relationships in the Diocese of San Jose Warrant Further Investigation

A teacher who has been accused of abusing at least two high school students during his four years at Presentation High School is now being investigated by the school where he was most recently employed. We hope that victims and witnesses are encouraged to come forward and share any knowledge they may have with police and prosecutors.

SNAP Statement on Federal Lawsuit against Bishop Deshotels, Archbishop Aymond, and the Vatican

SNAP New Orleans supports the five John Doe plaintiffs who allege that they were abused by Monsignor Kenneth R. Morvant between 1972 and 1982 while he worked as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette. The cleric died in 2003. These survivors are suing the current bishop of Lafayette, J. Douglas Deshotels, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans, and the Vatican for neglecting to protect boys in the Diocese from the monsignor. 

Another Oakland Catholic Priest Flees from Justice

An priest from the Catholic Diocese of Oakland who today was due in court on charges of misdemeanor sexual battery skipped his arraignment and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. This is the second priest from the Bay Area to flee from justice after being arrested for sex crimes in the past two years and we urge the FBI and Homeland Security to get involved in this case.

Administrator from Presentation HS Became Superintendent of all Catholic Schools, SNAP Calls for Wider Investigation

Church officials in San Jose have vowed to investigate following a damning report that exposed years of sexual abuse and cover-up at a local Catholic school. We are concerned that organizational rot may have put students at every single school in the Diocese of San Jose at risk and call on the California Attorney General to investigate.

Three More Allegations Made against Fr. Gary Carr

Catholic Priest Charged with Sexual Battery, SNAP Calls for Action

We are very grateful to the survivors who have come forward to accuse Fr. Varghese “George”  Alengadan of sexual assault and harassment. We also want to thank Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley and her staff for investigating the allegations and filing charges. We believe that the only way to clean up the Catholic Church is for secular authorities to lead the charge.

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