Texas Lawsuit Names the Vatican as a Defendant

A $20 million dollar lawsuit has been filed in Texas against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and the Vatican on behalf of two people who say they were victimized by Fr. Manueal La Rosa Lopez. The complaint alleges that it was the policies and protocols issued by Rome which caused the local defendants to conceal the crimes of the priest and to allow him access to vulnerable children.

SNAP Houston stands behind the plaintiffs in their quest for truth and justice. We hope that this lawsuit will shed light on why clergy who were accused of child sexual abuse were able to continue working as priests, placing countless numbers of innocent lives in harm's way in Texas and around the world.

CONTACT: Eduardo Lopez De Casas, SNAP Houston Leader ([email protected], 832-641-6319), Dan McNevin, SNAP Board Member ([email protected], 415-341-6417), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (zhiner@[email protected], 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

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