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).

Buffalo’s Bishop Rumored Resignation Should Not Prevent Investigations into the Diocese from Being Made Public

A new report is giving strength to rumors that the top Catholic official in Buffalo may soon be resigning. Regardless of whether or not this happens, we hope that that there will still be an investigation into the multiple scandals and lies that have come out of the Diocese of Buffalo.


Belleville Priest Pleads Guilty, SNAP Responds

Another Belleville area priest has pled guilty to child sex crimes but this matter cant be considered over. Bishop Edward Braxton and his staff must use their resources to find out whether the cleric hurt children and should be charged with more crimes. And the guilty priest must be kept away from children for as long as possible, so we urge the judge to put the safety of children first when it’s time for sentencing.


An Abusive Priest from Steubenville Lives near Seattle, WA. and Worked with Vulnerable Teens, SNAP responds

An accused priest from the Diocese of Steubenville, Elwood Bernas, until recently had a job near Seattle that gave him access to vulnerable young people.  We call on bishops in both states to aggressively seek out anyone else he may have been hurt to warn police, prosecutors, parents and the public about him.


Abusive Priest from Louisiana Lives in Texas

An abusive priest from Louisiana now lives in Texas where he’s reportedly ‘well-liked,’ probably because few know that he is a credibly accused child molester, according to Catholic officials. We call on bishops in both states to aggressively seek out anyone else he may have hurt and to warn police, prosecutors, parents and the public about him.


Australia’s Cardinal Pell Given Special Leave to Appeal Conviction on Child Sexual Abuse


Detroit Archbishop Elected as Vice-President of USCCB, SNAP Reacts

The head of the Archdiocese of Detroit has won the vice presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are deeply disappointed at the message this choice sends to wounded victims and betrayed parishioners.


USA Today Investigation Reveals Dangers of Laicizing Abusers Without Oversight

A new investigation into Catholic clerics who have left or been expelled from the priesthood has confirmed many of our deepest fears about this scandal: that dangerous men are set loose upon unsuspecting communities, without oversight, allowing them to find jobs, positions, and homes near children and the vulnerable.


SNAP Disappointed that Kansas City Bishop Appointed as Head of Committee on Child Protection

We are deeply disappointed that the head of the Kansas City, Missouri diocese has won his bid to head a national panel on child sexual abuse. This choice will almost certainly maintain the troubling status quo and do little or nothing to stop abuse or cover ups.


Archbishop Jose Gomez Elected as New President of USCCB, SNAP Responds

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected a new president. We hope that Archbishop Jose Gomez will put ending clergy abuse cover-ups at the top of his do-to list upon taking office.


Survivors Lay Out Steps New USCCB President Can Take Immediately on Clergy Abuse

As US catholic officials are set to vote on new leadership, survivors of clergy abuse are hoping that this new leader will immediately take steps to improve how the body has addressed cases of clergy abuse and cover-up.


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