Posts Tagged ‘SNAP’

Bishop Steve Lowe should have apologised

Monday, August 21st, 2023
Steve Lowe

Against a background of ongoing legal matters, Bishop Steve Lowe, the apostolic administrator of the Hamilton Diocese, is accused of not being pastoral enough in his response to a victim of clergy abuse. The Waikato Times reports a woman from within the Hamilton Catholic diocese saying that in a meeting with Lowe, she told him Read more

NZ survivors want action and write to Pope

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests – SNAP NZ – has written to Pope Francis urging him to instruct the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference to initiate an urgent, independent and transparent review of the National Office of Professional Standards and its principles and procedures document, A Path to Healing. SNAP’s unhappy letter to Read more

Church studying faith-based redress Cabinet paper

Monday, August 15th, 2022

The Catholic Church’s group dealing with the Royal Commission into State and Faith-Based Care say it is studying a Cabinet paper released by Public Services Minister Chris Hipkins. Hipkins has plans to cut a 3000-strong waiting list of claimants of abuse in state care – such as children’s homes – by making “rapid payments”. Survivors Read more

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

Survivors losing faith after Sir Anand’s abuse inquiry resignation

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Sir Anand Satyanand’s sudden resignation from the The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is being seen as a sign of the commission’s dysfunctionality, say survivors. The say they’re losing faith that the Inquiry will uncover the extent of what happened to children in state and church care. Some of them hope Sir Anand 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