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"Founder steps down while SNAP considers new directions", USA, National Catholic Reporter, Brian Roewe, February 20, 2017.

SNAP statement regarding the Gretchen Hammond’s recent lawsuit

February 01, 2017 12:41 PM
Statement by Mary Ellen Kruger of St. Louis, MO,
SNAP Volunteer Leader and Chairman of the SNAP Board of Directors
(314) 962-0964 cell, MEK1234567@gmail.com

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"US Bishop Finn, symbol of church's failure on sexual abuse, resigns," Vatican City and Kansas City, MO, USA, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee Brian Roewe Dennis Coday, April 21, 2015.

"Robert Finn, Missouri Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest, Resigns", USA,  The New York Times, April 21, 2015.

"Attorney: 3 former Bishop McCort students will receive $50,000 each in sexual abuse settlement," Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, Kathy Mellott, April 15, 2015.

Geneva, OH, Star Beacon, "Charges against Assumption priest dismissed", December 27, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Vindicator, "Woman claims sexual abuse by a priest in 1963; seeks $1 million settlement",  December 3, 2014.

Pittsburgh, PA, seattlepi.com, "$8M for 88 victims of abuse by Franciscan friar", October 22, 2014. 

Pittsburgh, PA, SNAP Statement, "PA- Settlement reached with 88 clergy abuse victims", October 21, 2014.

Pittsburgh, PA, Dayton Daily News, "$8M for 88 victims of abuse by Franciscan friar", October 21, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, WeAreCentralPA.com, "Settlement Reached in Brother Baker Case", October 21, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, SNAP Media Statement, "Therapist hired by diocese loses license", August 18, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, The Vindy.com, "SNAP sends letter to Youngstown bishop". August 13, 2014.

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Youngstown, OH, SNAP Media Staement, " Victims challenge Youngstown bishop", August 11, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Tne Vindy.com, "Former deacon, teacher in Mahoning County loses teaching license", August 8, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, The Vindy.com, "Enough already with geese!; Without geese, park feels empty; Double standard for pope?; Let vets use Medicare; Make Bible law of land.", August 3, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, The Vindy.com, "Pope’s edict affects local Mafia boss", July 27, 2014.  

Toledo, OH, Toledo Free Press, "Vercellotti: Convicted priest’s funeral insensitive, outrageous", July 11, 2014.

Toledo, OH, National Catholic Reporter, "Funeral Mass for priest convicted of murder will follow 'usual protocol'", July 9, 2014.

Toledo, OH, Toledo Blade, "Robinson’s long appeals process allows him to be buried as priest [w/ video]", July 7/8, 2014.

Toledo, OH, NBC 24, "Funeral plans for Father Robinson creating controversy", July 7, 2014.

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Toledo, OH, 13 ABC, "Father Robinson to be given priest's funeral [w/ video]", July 5, 2014.

Hamilton, OH, Hamilton Spectator, "Late Catholic priest who stabbed nun to death will get funeral Mass", July 5, 2014.

Toledo, OH, Toledo Blade, "Toledo priest Gerald Robinson, convicted in nun’s 1980 murder, dies while incarcerated", July 5, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, "OH- Youngstown Catholic officials are sued", June 19, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Vindicator, "Former day care center owners sue local church, Bishop Murry", June 18, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Tribune Chronicle, "Abuse group protests diocese appointments", June 18, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Vindicator, "SNAP objects to 2 appointments in Youngstown Diocese", June 18, 2014.

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Youngstown, OH, Vindicator, "SNAP officials decry Youngstown Diocese appointments", June 17, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, " 2nd allegation vs. Youngstown deacon", June 17, 2014.

Youngstown, OH, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, " Victims blast 2 new church moves", June 17, 2014.

Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch, "Civil registry of sex abusers never used", March 19, 2014.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "McCort board suing abuse lawyer", February 21, 2014.

Johnstown, PA, WJAC TV News 6, "McCort board intends to sue attorney over unfounded claim", February 21, 2014.

Johnstown, PA, WTAJ-TV CBS-10, "Bishop McCort Names New Principal", February 12, 2014.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Will Pa. court ruling impact Baker case?", January 25, 2014.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat,"More sex allegations at McCort", November 16, 2013.

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Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Attorney General may continue McCort abuse investigation", November 1, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, WJAC TV6, "Another man says friar sexually abused him", October 17, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribune Chronicle, "Church, abuse group spar for second day", August 30, 2013.

Youngstown, WFMJ [with video], "Alleged abuse victim wants answers from Youngstown Diocese", August 29, 2013.

Youngstown, Vindicator, "SNAP demonstrates at cathedral", August 29, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribune Chronicle, "Man claims deacon abused him", August 29, 2013.

Youngstown, WFMJ [with video], "Man claims abuse by Catholic school teacher 37 years ago", August 28, 2013.

Youngstown, WKBN [with video], "Abuse alleged at St. Christine", August 28, 2013.

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Youngstown, Vindicator, "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will be meeting today", August 28, 2013.

Youngstown, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, "Letter to Bishop Murry", August 28, 2013.

Younstown, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, "OH - Child sex victim speaks", August 28, 2013.

Milwaukee, WI, blogtalkradio, "57 million and religious liberty--an interview with SNAP", August 9, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, San Francisco Chronical, "Central Pa. diocese investigating dead friar", April 16, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Altoona-Johnstown diocese launches abuse investigation", April 15, 2013.

Detroit, MI, Free Press, "Sex abuse by Orchard Lake friar first reported in 1985, dad of alleged victim says", March 27, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Area priest placed on leave: Accused of molesting boy in 1990s", March 23, 2013.

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Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrate, "Bishop McCort scandal: Ex-female student alleges abuse", March 21, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Altoona Mirror, "Another claim filed in Baker case", March 21, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, WYTV ABC33, "Attorney: Brother Baker Also Abused Female Students", March 20, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "McCort faces tough questions amid scandal", March 10, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Accused friar’s history examined", February 16, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Fourth alleged victim in Bishop McCort case comes forward", February 12, 2013.

Richmond, VA, WTVR CBS6 (wih video), "Protesters ask Richmond Diocese for help finding victims", February 11, 2013.

USA, BishopAccountability, "Pope to Resign: Statement by Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director, BishopAccountability.org", February 12, 2013. 

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Rome, CNN, "Pope Benedict to resign at the end of the month, Vatican says (with videos)", February 11, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Friar volunteered at Mount-Aloysius: College officials: No reports of abuse", February 8, 2013.

Minneapolis, MN, SNAP Statement, "SNAP to church officials: how many more victims?", February 5, 2013.

Minneapolis, MN,  Pioneer Press, "For Inver Grove Heights church abuse, man won settlement, he says after friar's suicide", February 5, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Bishop in Ohio seeks tips on friars alleged abuse", February 4, 2013.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS27 (video), "Mom Blames Sons Suicide on Alleged Abuse by Friar", February 4, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Advocate: Mom to speak out about suicide, friar", February 4, 2013.

Youngstown, Fox News (video), "Mom Blames Sons Suicide on Alleged Abuse by Friar", February 4, 2013.

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Detroit, MI, Fox News, "Local men claim abuse by late friar", February 3, 2013.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS27, "Minn. Man Won Settlement for Friar Abuse in 2005", February 2, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Detroit-diocese:? No abuse claims", February 1, 2013.

Michigan, The Oakland Press, "Former Orchard Lake Schools friar accused of molestation left apology note after suicide", January 31, 2013.   

Detroit, MI, MyDesert.com, "Archdiocese says it doesn't have abuse complaints against friar who taught at St. Mary's Prep", January 31, 2013.

Minnesota, SNAP Media Advisory, "Serial_predator_worked_in_MN", January 31, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Diocese gets lawsuit letter", January 31, 2013.

Youngstown, Vindy.com, "Group: Brother Baker also served in Mich.", January 31, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Probe of abuse not over, DA says: Adults who were aware could face consequences", January 30, 2013.

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Johnstown, WJAC TC6 (video), "New details surface in cleric's past", January 30, 2013.

Detroit, MI, Fox 2 News (video), "Late friar accused of sexual abuse once worked in Orchard Lake", January 30, 2013.

Detroit, MI, Free Press, "Dead Catholic priest accused of molesting students taught in metro Detroit, victim's group says",  January 30, 2013.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS27, "Advocates: Baker Worked in Mich., Va. Before Warren", January 30, 2013.

Youngstown, OH, Vindy.com, "Victim support group says Brother Baker also worked in Michigan", January 30, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Suicide will not affect Ohio claims", January 29, 2013.

Youngstown, WYTV ABC33, "Friar, Alleged Abuser, Stabbed Self in Heart, Left Note", January 29, 2013.

Youngstown, WFMJ NBC, "Diocese taking precautions to protect children", January 28, 2013.

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Youngstown, OH, Vindy.com, "Brother Stephen Baker suicide note: 'I'm sorry for what I did to the church'", January 28, 2013.  

OH and PA, Huffington Post, "Brother Stephen Baker Commits Suicide, Franciscan Friar Accused Of Sexual Abuse In 2 States", January 26, 2013.

Johnstown, PA, WJAC TV6 (video), "McCort graduates had suspicions against former teacher", January 23, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Gains-Victim's complaint needed", January 23, 2013.

Youngstown, OH, WFMJ NBC21 (video), "Youngstown Diocese plans Thursday news conference in reponse to SNAP allegations", January 22, 2013.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS27 (video), "Victim Advocacy Group Claims Diocese Took No Action", January 22, 2013.

Youngstown,OH, SNAP Press Release, "Victims want grand jury probe of Diocese of Youngstown", January 22, 2013.

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Johnstown, PA, WJAC TV6 (video), "No evidence to show former McCort trainer was certified", January 21, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Diocese-Help available to abuse victims", January 20, 2013. 

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Friar faces new abuse allegations", January 19, 2013.  

Johnstown, PA, Tribune-Democrat, "Ex-coach accused of abuse. Friar named by Ohio men had ties to Bishop McCort",  January 17, 2013.  

Johnstown, WJAC TV6 (video), "Altoona-Johnstown diocese: Allegations against Bishop McCort trainer surfaced in 2011", January 17, 2013.

Braceville, OH, Altoona Mirror, "Friar allegedly abused boys", January 17, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribtoday.com, "Baker worked at other schools", January 17, 2013.

Youngstown, Vindy.com (video), "JFK Warren Abuse", January 16, 2013.

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Norwalk, OH, Norwalk Reflector, "Catholic school coach, teacher sexually abused as many as 25 students", January 16, 2013.

Youngstown, WYTV ABC33, "JFK Victims: Religious Figure 'Could Do No Wrong", January 16, 2013.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS27, "Clock Expired on Criminal Charges in JFK Abuse", Janary 16, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribune-Chronicle, "Diocese statement on Warren JFK sex scandal (photo), January 16, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribune-Chronicle, "UPDATE-7: Two victims speak out", January 16, 2013.

OH, SNAP Statement, "Youngstown Catholic predator “outed;” SNAP responds", January 16, 2013.

Youngstown, Tribune-Chronicle, "UPDATE 6: Diocese responds to Warren JFK sex abuse scandal", January 16, 2013.

Younstown, FOX, "UPDATE: Former JFK Coach, Teacher Abused Teens as Many as 25 Times", January 16, 2013.

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Ohio, Huffington Post.com, "Steubenville High School students joke about  rape in vidoe targeted by Anonymous", January 3, 2013.

Philadelphia, PA, CBS News (w/ video), "Landmark church sex abuse case ends testimony", April 26, 2012.

Kansas City, USA, NCRonline, "Judge orders Kansas City bishop to stand trial in abuse case", April 5, 2012.

NY, National Organization of Women, "Catholic Bishops trying to squash small group bringing sex abuse charges", March 13, 2012.

USA, NY Times, opinion, "Hurting Victims’ Advocates", March 13, 2012.

USA, NY Times, "Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group", March 12, 2012.

Youngstown, The Vindicator (w/ comments), "Diocese compliant with safety policy", January 14, 2012.

Kansas City, USA, NCRonline.org, "SNAP subpoenas harm key ally victims", January 13, 2012.

USA, Washington Times, "An end to silence: Child sex abuse victims speaking out", November 27, 2011.

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Ohio, Marietta Times, "Victims, others should report sex abuse", Novemeber 17, 2011.

Youngstown, WYTV ABC TV33 (w/video), "Local Abuse Victim Reacts to Penn State Controversy", November 11, 2011.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS TV27 (w/video), "Experts Offer Insight Into Child Sex Abuse", November 11, 2011.

Canton, OH, CantonRep.com, "SNAP to begin monthly meetings for victims of abuse", October 20, 2011.

Akron, Beacon Journal, "Bishop says priest removed for alleged sex abuse won't return to ministry", October 11, 2011.

Youngstown,  The Vindicator, "Canal Fulton priest resigns accused of sexual misconduct", October 10, 2011.

Youngstown, WKBU CBS27 [video], "Bishop Addresses Sex Allegations Against Priest", October 10, 2011.

Youngstown, WKBU CBS27 [vodeo], "Priest Removed From Ministry Amid Sexual Allegations", October 10, 2011.

Rome, Time Magazine, "Could the Vatican Go to Court for Human-Rights Abuses?", September 20, 2011.

Youngstown, WFMJ NBC, "Victims group calls for more to come forward after clergy abuse", September 14, 2011.

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Youngstown, WKBN 27 CBS, "Priest Abuse Protest Held in Youngstown",  September 14, 2011.

Youngstown, WYTV 33 ABC, "Priest Abuse Protest Held in Youngstown", September 14, 2011.

Youngstown, The Vindicator, "Director praises pace of diocese reconfiguration", June 17, 2011.

Cincinnatti City Beat, "Catholic Church Tries to Deflect Blame", June 1, 2011.

Youngstown, The Vindicator, "Victims of sex abuse protest beatification of Pope John Paul II", May 1, 2011.

Youngstown, WBKN TV27 (video), "Parishioners Asked to Sign Abuse Pledge", May 1, 2011.

Youngstown, WFMJ TV21 (video),"Group Works to Protect Children from Abuse from Religious Leaders", May 1, 2011.

Catholica Australia, "Cardinal Rigali Avoids Prison ... For Now!", February, 26, 2011.

Rome, ABC News, "Prosecutors: Vatican Bank Defying Laundering Laws", October 22, 2010.

NY, The Huffington Post, "NUN ABUSE: A Survivor's Message for the Vatican", September 21, 2010.

Sydney Morning Herald, "Belgian archbishop vows clean slate", September 14, 2010.

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SNAP Response to Belgium Abuse Report and Bishops' Plan, September 12, 2010.

Belgium, Channel 4, "Catholic bishop hides as abuse crisis unfolds", September 12, 2010.

Sydney Morning Herald, "Call to treat Vatican as a rogue state", September 9, 2010.

Reuters UK, "Tiny anti-Pope rally draws huge police response", September 9, 2010.

Stow, Record Publishing, "Vatican defrocks former local priest ", July 21, 2010.

CantonRep, "Former local pastor defrocked", July 20, 2010.

Warren Tribune Chronicle, Tribtoday.com, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.
            July 20, 2010

Youngstown The Vindicator, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.
            July 20, 2010

Massillion, Indeonline.com, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.  
            July 20, 2010

Akron Beacon Journal, "Man who served area removed as a priest ", July 19, 2010.

NY Times, Opinion, "Rome Fiddles, We Burn", July 18, 2010.

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Youngstown, WYTV 33, Video Report, "Critics Blast New Priest Abuse Guidelines", July 16, 2010.

Cleveland.com, "As costs, risks loom, U.S. dioceses turn out elderly abusive priests they had pledged to monitor", July 4, 2010.

SNAP Responds

       Vatican - Vatican blasts Belgian police raid; Sex abuse victims blast Vatican, June 25, 2010

       Belgium - Some Belgian victims may be upset; US abuse group reassures them, June 25, 2010

       Belgium - Clergy sex victims blast head of Belgium church abuse panel, June 24, 2010

       Belgium - Police raid Belgian Catholic hierarchy in abuse probe; SNAP responds, June 24, 2010

NPR.org, "Pope Deplores Belgian Sex Raids, Stresses Autonomy", June 27, 2010.

NY Times, "Abuse Loosens Church’s Culture of Silence in Italy", June 26, 2010.

NY Times, "Vatican Criticizes Raid on Belgian Church Offices", June 25, 2010.

BBC News, "Belgian Catholic offices raided in sex abuse probe", June 24, 2010.

Youngstown The Vindicator, "Pope Benedict’s public pledge to deal with scandal overdue", May 1, 2010.

Press Release RE: The appearance of retired Cincinnati Archbishop Pilarczyk, January 11, 2010.

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Youngstown The Vindicator, Stories Regarding Dale Giffin, Ex-pastor pleads to assault, gets no jail time.
            November 9,  2009

Youngstown The Vindicator, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.
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Warren Tribune Chronicle Tribtoday.com, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.
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CantonRep.com; Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges  and Removal.  June & July 2009

Youngstown WKBN.com; Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.  June & July 2009

Youngstown 21 News Now WFMJ.com; Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal. June & July 2009

Youngstown 33 WYTV.com; Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.  June & July 2009

Massillion Indeonline.com, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.  
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Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com, Stories Regarding Fr. Thomas Crum Sex Abuse Charges and Removal.
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