Stockton diocese bankruptcy plan takes effect

Provides $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse

On February 14, the Diocese of Stockton Plan for Reorganization took effect. All settlement payments have been deposited in the trust set up for the benefit of survivors of sexual abuse. The Trust will now begin the process of administering and paying the abuse claims pursuant to the provisions of the Plan. As previously announced, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern … [Read more...]

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National director of SNAP resigns

Announcement that David Clohessy has stepped down comes a week after he and other SNAP leaders were named in a lawsuit alleging kickbacks for referrals to attorneys in sex-abuse cases

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced Tuesday that its longtime national director, accused by a former SNAP employee of referring potential clients to attorneys in return for financial kickbacks to the group, resigned at the end of last year. The announcement that David Clohessy, of St. Louis, left the Chicago-based organization comes a week after he and … [Read more...]

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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sued by former worker

Fired employee alleges SNAP colludes with attorneys, accepts kickbacks for client referrals, is motivated by "animus against the Catholic Church"

A former employee of the controversial Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination for challenging the organization’s misbehavior, including alleged kickbacks from attorneys who were suing the Church on behalf of sexual abuse victims. In the lawsuit, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a past development director of SNAP, claimed to … [Read more...]

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Former White House spokesman wants to extend time one can sue the Church for sex abuse

Claims Church has spent millions to block the bill's passage

The following comes from a July 17 PR Newswire article: Former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and Katie Schulze, Robert Weiner Associates' Senior Religion Policy Analyst, have spotlighted a California Senate-passed bill that "could become a national model law" to extend the time youth can sue the Church for sex abuse. They wrote an op-ed titled, "Sen. Leyva's … [Read more...]

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Man acquitted in priest-beating trial seeks signatures for California ballot initiative

Victim of sexual abuse wants to change the fact that child molesters can evade prosecution

The following comes from a December 16 Mercury News article by Tracey Kaplan: By the time Will Lynch was ready in the mid-1990s to report he'd been sexually abused as a child by a priest on a camping trip, there was nothing police could do about it. The abuse had happened about two decades earlier when he was 7, and the legal window then for bringing charges against the … [Read more...]

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San Diego priest attacked by SNAP

Victims group aims at San Diego diocese

The following comes from a December 7 Raw Story article by Tom Boggiani: A group representing victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests has blasted the San Diego Catholic Diocese for appointing a priest who admitted to destroying documents detailing sexual assaults to oversee their sex abuse hotline. Likening him to “an admitted embezzler [who] shouldn’t … [Read more...]

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Shining a ‘Spotlight’ on Hollywood duplicity and bias

What the film got wrong about the Church's sex abuse tragedy

The following comes from a November 30 Crisis Magazine article by Anne Hendershott: Portrayed as a villain in Spotlight, the new film describing the clergy abuse scandal, Jack Dunn, the media spokesman for Boston College, and trustee for Boston College High School, has hired a lawyer to demand that the scene portraying him as a cold and callous bureaucrat—caring nothing for … [Read more...]

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