Pennsylvania victims of child sex abuse suffer yet again, this time at the hands of Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward
We are disappointed to learn that HB951 has been taken off the table in the Pennsylvania Senate. This bill would have opened a two-year window for survivors of child sex abuse to sue their perpetrators and any institution that enabled them. Instead, Majority Leader Senator Kim Ward essentially blocked this bill from a full Senate vote. HB951 passed the House and Judiciary committee by an overwhelming margin, yet Senator Ward and a handful of colleagues claim the bill is "unconstitutional."
SNAP Stands in Solidarity with Canadian First Nations People and other Indigenous People in North America as more Mass Graves are Discovered
As yet another mass grave of indigenous children has been found in Canada, our hearts ache for the victimized children and their families. As disturbing as this news is, we hope that the discovery of these unconscionable actions by Canadian Catholic officials will inspire action on behalf of these forgotten children. We also hope that it will lead to a reckoning for all those involved in any crimes these boys and girls may have suffered.
Fr. Robert Joseph Cedolia was placed on administrative leave in 2019 after an allegation was made against him through the Reconciliation and Compensation Program for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Diocesan officials claimed that was the first complaint they had against the clergyman. The accusation dated back to the 1990s when Fr. Cedolia worked as pastor of Our Lady of Joy in Plum, Pennsylvania.
Fr. Cedolia is now facing criminal charges. He is accused of molesting an eight year old boy at the Plum parish. The cleric is charged with aggravated indecent assault of a person under the age of 13, committing a sexual offense against a minor, and corruption of minors. An arraignment is scheduled for July 8, 2021.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller release findings on a statewide investigation into clergy sex abuse.
In November 2018, and with urgency, SNAP President Tim Lennon, SNAP Leaders, and advocates called on Iowa's Attorney General Tom Miller to take steps in getting to the bottom of clergy abuse in Iowa. We are grateful that the AG answered our call but, more importantly, opened up the hotline so survivors' voices could be heard. We hope that this example is followed by the attorneys general in the remaining states that have yet to open an investigation.
St. Martin Parish Deacon from the Lafayette Diocese has been placed on administrative leave due to sexual abuse allegation; SNAP Responds
Deacon Shawn Jude Gautreaux from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge, LA, has been put on leave pending an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused a minor. According to the Diocese of Lafayette, the allegation against the Deacon comes from a period of time before his ordination. The Diocese also said that local law enforcement has been informed.
"Better late than never" is one cliché that comes to mind when hearing that the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas has reversed itself by admitting a cleric that it previously cleared is actually a credibly accused abuser.
In a letter made public today, four Independent human rights experts working with the United Nations want the Vatican do more to prevent violence and sexual abuse against children. The experts cited the "persistent allegations of obstruction and lack of cooperation" from the Catholic Church. SNAP agrees wholeheartedly with them.
To us, it is excellent news that yet another highly respected group is calling on the Vatican to reform. Hopefully, the increased pressure from these international experts will force Church officials to make a difference for children and the vulnerable. We also applaud the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) for noting the tactics used by Catholic leadership in avoiding accountability and transparency. Most importantly, we fully agree with the UN experts who raised concerns about the Church's efforts to thwart legislative efforts to make the prosecution of abusive clergy, brothers, and nuns easier, as intense lobbying to preserve the statute of limitations and limit reparations.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul has completed what they call an “exhaustive review” into the way that clergy abuse allegations had been handled by its longtime vicar general. The response leaves much to be desired.
As the nation's largest non-Catholic faith group, the Southern Baptist Convention, holds its annual meeting, leaders of the world’s largest support group for clergy sex abuse victims are urging secular authorities to investigate child sex crimes and cover ups in the denomination.
A former Toledo Catholic Diocesan Director of youth ministries who resigned after multiple credible allegations of child sex abuse has died.