Posts Tagged ‘SNAP’

SNAP wants in on Dunedin Diocese commercial agreement

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Two survivor groups are at acrimonious odds over the Dunedin diocese’s commercial agreement for helping abuse survivors. In March, the diocese struck a memorandum of understanding with the Male Survivors of Aotearoa (MSA) support group. The document details the process where abuse survivors are referred to MSA, which in turn will help survivors access counselling Read more

SNAP starts Aotearoa-New Zealand chapter

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has established a chapter in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Aotearoa New Zealand chapter, was founded by Dr Christopher Longhurst (pictured), a lecturer in theology at the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand and survivor of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and brothers. The New Zealand chapter Read more

SNAP founder and director resigns amid claims of collusion

Friday, February 10th, 2017

SNAP  founder and director Barbara Blaine has resigned amid claims of collusion and a lawsuit by a former employee. Blaine has not given any reason for her resignation from SNAP – the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests. She founded  SNAP three decades ago. In January, Blaine, David Clohessy, the executive director of SNAP, Read more

Pope praises US bishops’ response to abuse crisis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Pope Francis has hailed the “courage” shown by United States bishops in facing up to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Speaking to about 400 bishops in Washington, DC, on September 23, the Pope said the bishops had regained the authority and trust which was demanded of them. He also praised the bishops for being ready Read more

Guam priest accused of historic abuse cleared

Friday, April 24th, 2015

A Guam priest who was stripped of his public duties last year, after a decades-old clergy sex abuse allegation resurfaced, has been cleared. Fr John Wadeson “has been reinstated fully to public ministry”, the Archdiocese of Agana stated. Fr Wadeson left the Redemptoris Mater Seminary on Guam in July last year, after serving in Agana Read more

US archdiocese releases 15,000 pages of secret abuse files

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Chicago archdiocese has released about 15,000 pages of previously secret files on clerical sex abuse in order to provide greater transparency. The documents detail interpersonal communications between victims, the priests and archdiocese officials. Making this information public comes after other documents were released in January as part of a settlement with victims. The archdiocese says Read more

US priest leaves Guam denying historic abuse allegations

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

An American Catholic priest removed from ministry in Guam over historic sex abuse allegations in California has left the Pacific territory. Fr John Howard Wadeson left Guam last week saying he had been falsely accused. The priest said he decided to leave because he didn’t want false accusations against him to tarnish Archbishop Anthony Apuron. Read more

Italian bishops claim right not to report abuse claims to police

Friday, April 4th, 2014

An Italian cardinal has defended national guidelines exempting Italian bishops from having to report claims of abuse by clergy to police. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops’ conference, said Italian law does not require it and victims may not want it. The guidelines, published in revised form in late March, were called for Read more

SNAP: Sexual abuse support group admits publishing false information

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has admitted the organisation has published false information and is unsure whether the group employs licensed counselors. David Clohessy was answering questions in court, amid accusation the group had printed restricted information in a press release. Asked by lawyers, “Has SNAP to your knowledge Read more

Pope accused of crimes against humanity

Friday, September 16th, 2011

A group representing victims of sexual abuse has lodged a formal declaration with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing Pope Benedict and three Vatican officials of crimes against humanity. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) allege that Vatican officials tolerated and enabled the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes. “If the Read more