A message from SNAPDFW’s facilitator, Lisa Kendzior
Acknowledge your courage
It takes courage to acknowledge that we’ve been abused and it is not easy to even admit it to ourselves. Just browsing this website is a big step.
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If you’ve been victimized by clergy, please know that you are not alone. You can get better. You can reach out to others who’ve been hurt just like you have.
Together, we can heal one another.
Priest accused of abusing pastoral authority to seduce a parishioner files counter suit challenging constitutionality of abuse lawA priest in Ramsey County, Minnesota is currently being accused of abusing his pastoral authority over a parishioner in order to seduce her into a sexual encounter. Now the priest is challenging the constitutionality of the law upon which the felony criminal charge against him has been brought, claiming that it is "an overly broad attempt to regulate sexual behavior."
County prosecutors have replied that the constitutionality of the law has been previously upheld in court, and that it would be dangerous and inconsistent to grant license to pastors which is not granted to other professionals--such as doctors, therapists, or social workers--in their interaction with clients.
Ramsey County prosecutors write,
"Like statutes prohibiting sexual relationships between patients and doctors, therapists, counselors and social workers, the power imbalance created in the clergy-counselee relationship lies at the heart of criminalizing any sexual relationship that may develop."
Minnesota and Texas are two of the states that have laws on the books for clergy as well as for others in the helping professions.
SNAPDFW has compiled a page of resources for survivors victimized by clergy as adults. See the link below.
- Read: St. Paul priest challenges sex charges ... in the St. Paul StarTribune
- Read: Resources for Survivors of Abuse Who Were Victimized as Adults ... on the SNAPDFW website ...
- Read: Why it is NOT an affair (Psychological Effects of Abuse) ... on the SNAP National website.
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Pop TV preacher and book seller falls on sword for allegations of abuse, after holding 'Ordination Anniversary Sale'Pop Catholic televangelist and Roman Catholic priest John Corapi, who has been accused of abusing one of his followers, has decided to abort the investigation against him by quitting the priesthood.
One week before announcing his departure, however, the company Corapi owns to sell his right wing Catholic preaching books, tried to clear its inventory with a Corapi "Ordination Anniversary Sale!!" As far as we know, the sale is still going on, in case anyone is interested.
As we reported here recently, Corapi has been secretly under investigation by his catholic order of priests for allegations that he raped one of his followers.
Today, however, in an arrogant flourish of blinding self-righteousness, Corapi quit the priesthood.
Posturing as an innocent victim/martyr, Corapi "courageously" fell on his sword while:
- Blaming the victim he claims to have only "loved";
- Blaming the bishop-hierarchs (strange "bedfellow," eh?);
- Perpetrating one last rip off of his Catholic faithful followers with an "Ordination Anniversary Sale!!" to clear the inventory of his personal and privately owned book company one week before his announcement to quit.
Read: 'Father Corapi Has Lost It' in the National Catholic Register ...
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US bishops ignore child safety, says SNAP; Bishop Accountability calls policy 'a disaster for children'
The bishops missed a real opportunity to show they really care about kids' safety. Instead, they sent a chilling message: the public relations plan we call our abuse policy is good enough, vague, weak, and unenforced though it may be.
Hundreds of US bishops over the past nine years could have pushed for improvements to the "charter." Not a single one did. -- Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
"This is a squandered opportunity and a disaster for children, not only in the United States but worldwide." -- Bishop Accountability
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to retain their policies on sexual abuse by clergy members with only minor revisions, disregarding victims’ advocates who had called for a more substantial overhaul. -- New York Times
- Read the SNAP statement ...
- Read the Bishop Accountability article ...
- Read the article in the New York Times ...
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KC bishop issues 'call for change' one day, tries to get accused pedophile priest off the hook under statute of limitations the nextA day after the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph announced a plan to radically improve investigation of reports of sexual misconduct by employees, its lawyer asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit accusing a KC priest of abusing a 13-year-old boy 40 years ago because the plaintiff waited too long to make his claims.
Read: Kansas City diocese seeks dismissal of lawsuit, day after announcing plan to investigate abuse ...
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/ ... e-Lawsuit/
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Vatican stalls US court order to produce records in child abuse case while pope responds immediately to release frozen bank assetsAfter stalling US courts for over nine years in an Oregon child abuse case, the Vatican was ordered finally to turn the records over. Now they want 60 more days.
Additionally, the UN Committee on Rights of the Child reported recently that the Vatican is over 13 years delinquent in producing a simple statement required of all member nations concerning it's efforts to protect children.
By contrast, the Roman pope, just last year responded personally, forcefully and immediately to release millions of dollars in Vatican funds frozen by the international banking community during a money laundering investigation.
Actions speak louder than words.
Read: Vatican further stalls US court in child abuse case:
http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jun/ ... e-lawsuit/
Read: Vatican 13 years delinquent in filing required UN report on how it protects children:
Read: Pope acts quickly and decisively to release Vatican assets frozen in money laundering investigation:
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KC bishop responds to publicity, removes second priest in two weeks while ignoring parishioners and Star editorial demanding he resignThe bishop of Kansas City - St. Joseph has removed another priest from pastoral duties because of “credible reports” of sexual misconduct with minors. This second removal followed publicity exposing the bishop as having ignored a previous threat of one year ago reporting possible pedophile behavior by a priest who was arrested recently (one year after the bishop was informed of the the threat) on child pornography charges.
A letter written by the principal St. Patrick Catholic School went unread by Robert Finn, the Kansas bishop, for more than a year.
It detailed allegations and suspicions about one of the school's priests, Shawn Ratigan.
Ratigan was charged on May 19 of this year for possessing child pornography.
The letter, written a year to the day before Ratigan’s arrest, lays out a laundry list of accusations. It even said that Ratigan, “Fit the profile of a child predator."
- KC bishop's publicity-provoked 'apology' for leaving priest reported as threat to kids in job ...
- KC bishop admits to ignoring letter reporting priest as potential abuser ...
- Second priest removed following press coverage of bishop's failure to act ...
- Protesters demand resignation of bishop in KC ...
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In rare move by US newspaper, Kansas City Star calls for Catholic bishop to resign for failing to remove suspected pedophile priestIn a move rare in U.S. Catholic history, but one that indicates growing exasperation with the way the bishops of the Catholic church have handled the now decades’ long clergy abuse scandal, a local newspaper, the Kansas City Star , today has called for the resignation of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn.
Read the story in NCROnline ...
Read the editorial in today's Kansas City Star ...
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Roman clerical cult of privilege, not American cultural history, at heart of global priest sexual abuse crisis says Twin Cities editorial
"At the heart of the crisis was clericalism, the mind-set of ecclesiastical privilege in which leaders behave as an anointed class accountable to no one except those above them in the church hierarchy." -- Editorial in the Minneapolis - St Paul StarTribune, 27 May 2011
Read the editorial in the Minneapolis - St Paul StarTribune, 27 May 2011 ...
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Diocese knew of priest who 'fit the profile of a child predator' months before removing him from access to childrenKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The principal of a Catholic elementary school warned the Kansas City-St. Joseph chancery office that a local priest “fit the profile of a child predator” six months before the diocese took any action to remove him from ministries dealing with children. This week, one full year after the bishop was told of the threat to children in his diocese, the priest was arrested on possession of child pornography charges.
Read the full story in the National Catholic Reporter ...
Updated 29 May 2011
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Catholic canon law expert comments on church-financed denial of bishops responsibility in abuse crisisThere have been at least 27 other reports on clergy sex abuse between 1989 and 2011. All cite cultural causes as contributory. But the only one citing any culture other than the Roman clerical culture as causative is the one that very culture bankrolled.
So says catholic canon law expert Thomas Doyle, author of the first report ever issued to the US bishops on clergy sex abuse, in 1986.
Of all the reports citing cultural causes of clergy abuse, the recently released John Jay College of Criminal Justice report exonerating the "arrogant" clergy from blame is the only one shifting that blame from the clerical culture out of which the crisis arose to the secular culture surrounding it, against which the bishops claim moral superiority while continuing to deny responsibility for protecting pedophile priests.
"Most of the (27 other) reports contained a section on causality. None of the reports said anything about the effect of the culture of the sixties or seventies as a factor of causality but every one of them pointed to the various kinds and levels of failure by the bishops as the essential cause of the phenomenon of sexual abuse of children and minors by clerics." Fr.Thomas Doyle, catholic canon law exert.
Although the report should not be completely written off as largely either irrelevant or enabling of the bishops’ never-ending campaign to avoid facing their responsibility square on, says Doyle, it definitely claims the moral high ground for the bishops again.
Tom Doyle is a priest, canon lawyer, addictions therapist and long-time supporter of justice and compassion for clergy sex abuse victims. He is a co-author of the first report ever issued to the U.S. bishops on clergy sex abuse, in 1986.
In our opinion, the bishops of the US Catholic Church, in allegiance to their European monarch the pope, have attempted to shift attention away from the victims of clergy abuse and onto itself again. The implication is that the church and its 'innocent' leaders are the victims here -- victims of circumstances -- the "circumstances" of an era in American cultural history.
Read Tom Doyle's commentary "'Arrogant clericalism' never assessed in John Jay report" ...
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Biased study blames priest pedophilia on an era, bankrolled by Catholic bishops, Catholic groups and US TaxpayersThe National Survivors Advocacy Coalition, NSAC, has published the list of stakeholders in the seriously skewed John Jay College study designed to blame the Catholic priest child abuse crisis on a troubled era in American history.
The nearly 2 million dollar, 4 year study, involving 2 researchers, was paid for by:
- Catholic bishops;
- Catholic foundations and groups; and, most surprisingly, by
- US taxpayers.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – $1 million according to Karen Terry CV amount, $918, 000 Catholic News Service story amount
- National Institute of Justice (United States Department of Justice) – $283,652 (figures identified with grant number 20092009-IJ-CX-0036)
- Knights of Columbus – $250,000
- Raskob Foundation – $100,000
- Catholic Mutual Group – $50,000
- Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation – $25,000
- Luce Foundation – $25,000
- Catholic Health Association of the United States – $25,000
- St. Joseph’s Health System – $15, 000
- Greater Cincinnati Foundation – $10,000
- Assisi Foundation of Memphis – $5,000
- Daughters of Charity Foundation/Province of the West – $1,000
- “Anonymous” donations – $100,000
- Individual donors – $242 from Voice of the Faithful members
Read the full NSAC Editorial 'Funders of the John Jay Report' ...
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US Catholic bishops claim church, pedophile priests are victims of circumstance in '152 page millstone'Referencing the gospel passage from Luke 17:2, religion scholar Joanna Brooks called the John Jay report, underwritten by the Catholic hierarchy it exonerates, "a 152 page millstone."
"As it is, this report is evidence of a large church prioritizing the interests of powerful, large institutions over the rights of children to security and freedom from abuse. It is an 152-page millstone (as in Luke 17:2) hung about the neck of organized religion."
-- Religion scholar Joanna Brooks in Religion Dispatches Magazine
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