Survivors challenge Bishop Michael Barber's need to resort to bankruptcy


For Immediate Release, September 5, 2023

Survivors and advocates have written to Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland, asking him to reconsider bankruptcy. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has researched the real estate portfolio of the Diocese, and believes that, as was the case in 2003, that the Diocese has ample non-essential assets to care for those survivors who filed lawsuits in the recently closed civil window without resorting to this extreme measure. 

A copy of the letter sent earlier today by email is attached below, as is the research SNAP conducted of the property holdings of the Diocese.


CONTACT: Dan McNevin, SNAP Board of Directors Treasurer ([email protected], 415-341-6417), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Director ([email protected], 925-708-6175),   Joey Piscitelli, SNAP Northern California ([email protected], 925-262-3699) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board of Directors President ([email protected], 814- 341-8386), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Interim Executive Director ([email protected], 267-261-0578),

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is

Link for SNAP Letter to Bishop Barber found here>>>


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