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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,


"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.

“Victims want more outreach in WV Presbyterian child sex case,”  WV, SNAP Statement, February 11, 2015.

Bluefield, WV, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, "‘Warlock’ trial begins", October 1, 2014.

Wheeling and Charleston, WV, Charleston Gazette, "Minnesota priest resigns after allegations of abuse in West Virginia", July 16, 2014.

Wheeling, WV, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, " Boy molested by priest, SNAP responds", July 16, 2014.

Savannah, GA,, "Former Pembroke priest goes to prison for abuse", February 13, 2014.

Savannah, GA, WSAV-3 CBS, "Former Coastal Empire Priest Sentenced in Molestation Case", February 12, 2014.

Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch, "Ohio priest who raped boy gets 7 1/2 years", February 13, 2014.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, "Ohio priest in child abuse case gets 7 years", February 12, 2014.

Tyler, TX, WKTV-7, "Former East Texas priest sentenced in sex abuse case", February 12, 2014.

Tyler, TX, Tyler Morning Telegraph, "Former Tyler priest sentenced to prison", February 12, 2014.

Jackson, MS, Clarion Ledger, "Former Miss. priest sent to prison", February 12, 2014.


Cincinnati, OH, WCPO-9 ABC, Rev. Robert Poandl: Convicted child molester receives 7-and-a-half year sentence [w/ video]", February 12, 2014.

Cincinnati, OH, 700 WLW, "Former Priest Sentenced", February 12, 2014.

Cincinnati, OH, FOX19-WXIX, "Ohio priest sentenced 7.5 years in sex abuse case", February 12, 2014.

Cincinnati, OH, Journal-News, "Area priest sentenced in molestation case", February 12, 2014.

Cincinnati, OH, WLWT-5 CBS, "Convicted priest gets 7 1/2 year prison sentence [w/video]", February 12, 2014.

Cincinnati, OH,, "Dying priest sentenced to 7 1/2 years in 1991 sex abuse case", February 12, 2014.

Cincinnati, OH, USA Today, "Priest sentenced to 7.5 years in 1991 sex abuse case", February 12, 2014.

Savannah, GA, Statesboro Herald, "Diocese reminds parishioners of sex abuse hotline", Septmeber 25, 2013.

Savannah, GA. Coastal Courier, "Former Pembroke priest found guilty on child sex charges", September 25, 2013.


Savannah, GA, WJBF ABC TV 6, "Former Savannah Diocese priest convicted of sex crimes", September 23, 2013.

Georgia, Statesboro Herald, "Ex-priest found guilty of child sex abuse", September 23, 2013.

Jackson, MS, Clarion Ledger, "Former Miss priest convicted sexually assaulting child W.Va.", September 23, 2013.

Savannah, GA, WSAV NBC  TV 3, "Former Savannah Diocese priest convicted of sex crimes", September 23, 2013.

Savannah, GA, Savannah Morning News, "Former Pembroke priest found guilty child abuse", September 23, 2013.  

Cincinnati, OH, US Departement of Justice, "Jury convicts priest of illegal interstate transportation of a minor", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH,, "The_real_victory_came_long_before_the_guilty_verdict", September 20, 2013.


Cincinnati, OH, CBS WKRC Local 12 [with video], "Priest Convicted of Child Sex Abuse Charges", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, Dayton Daily News, "Priest found guilty of sex charges", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, WVAH Fox 11, "Jury finds Ohio priest guilty of taking boy to West Virginia for sex in 1991", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, The Inquirer, "Priest found guilty of taking boy for illicit purposes", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, ABC News Channel 5, "Rev. Robert Poandl: Ohio priest found guilty in child sexual abuse case", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, 7th Space, "Jury Convicts Priest of Illegal Interstate Transportation of a Minor", September 20, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, WHIO TV 7, "Priest found guilty of sex charges", September 20, 2013.


Cincinnati, OH, WCOP TV 9, "Rev. Robert Poandl: Jury begins deliberations in priest's sexual abuse trial", September 19, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, WCPO TV 9 [with video], "Rev. Robert Poandl: Man testifies he plotted to kill priest who sodomized him", September 18, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, WCPO TV 9 [with video], "Rev. Robert Poandl: Advocates show support for alleged victim in child sexual-abuse trial", September 17, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH, WCPO TV 9, [with video], "Rev. Robert Poandl: Mother testifies she sent son on trip where priest sexually abused him", September 17, 2013.

Georgia, Statesboro Herald, "Ex-priest to stand trial for child sex charges", September 13, 2013.

Cincinnati, OH,, "Priest to face more molestation accusations at trial", September 13, 2013.

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

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


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

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

Levittown, PA, The Intelligencer, "Montco DA taking second look at alleged cleric misconduct", July 11. 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer, "Diocese: Bishop Not Charged", July 11, 2012.

West Virginia. WV Public Broadcating, "Prosecutors investigating claim against WV bishop", July 10, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer, "Allegations Follow Bishop", July 10, 2012.

Steubenville, OH, NBC WTOV9 , "Report: DA investigating Wheeling-Charleston bishop", July 9, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, CBS WTRF7, "SNAP Responds to Investigation of Allegations of Sex Abuse by WV Bishop", July 9, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer, "Bransfield Again Denies Allegations", July 9, 2012.


Philadelphia, PA, The Inquirer, "Montgomery County reviewing case against cleric first reported in 2007", July 9, 2012.

SNAP Press Statement, "SNAP Responds to Bishop Chaput's Announcement of Removal of Five Philly Priests", May 4, 2012.

SNAP Press Statement, "Fate of suspended Philly priests may be released, SNAP responds", May 2, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer, "Quirk testifies in priest abuse trial", April 30, 2012.

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

Parkersburg, WV, News and Sentinel, "Bishop's aide must testify in abuse trial", April 21, 2012.

Boston, MA, Edge, "Current Catholic Bishop Accused of Raping Several Boys", April 20, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, WTRF CBS TV7 (video) , "WV Governor reacts to Bishop sex abuse allegations", April 20, 2012.

SNAP Press Statement, "W.Va. monsignor must testify in Pa. abuse trial", April 20, 2012.


Charleston, WV, The Gazette, "W.Va. monsignor must testify in church abuse trial", April 20, 2012.

Philadelphia, PA, The Inquirer, "Church judge ordered to testify a priests trial", April 20, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer, "Judge to rule Friday on Quirk subpoena", April 20, 2012

SNAP Press Statement, "SNAP_blasts_WV_Bishop's_abuse_denial", April 19, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, WTRF CBS TV7 (w/ video), "Bishop Bransfield: 'I Have Never Sexually Abused Anyone'", April 19, 2012.

Philadelphia, PA, New York Times, "Bishop Michael J Bransfield denies testimony alleging he abused youth", April 19, 2012.

Philadelphia, PA, FOX TV29, "Bishop denies abuse allegations", April 29, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer,  "Witness: Priest said W.Va. Bishop Once Abused Teen", April 19, 2012.

Huntington, WV, WSAZ TV3, "W.Va. Bishop Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse Allegations", April 19, 2012.


Ohio Valley, WTOV CBS9 (w/ video), "Bishop's name, allegations surface Philly trial", April 18, 2012.

Charleston, WV, Daily Mail, "Bishop of W.Va. Catholic diocese accused of abuse", April 18, 2012.

West Virginia, AP, "Witness: Priest said W.Va. bishop once abused teen", April 18, 2012.

SNAP Press Release, "WV_Bishop_should_openly_address_abuse_allegations_against_him", April 18, 2012.

Philadelphia, PA, The Inquirer, "Priest trial witness cites report on W. Va. bishop", April 18, 2012.

SNAP Press Release, "SNAP_blasts_bishop_for_obstructing_criminal_trial", April 18, 2012.

Philadelphia, The Inquirer, "D.A. struggles to get church judge to testify at priest trial", April 17, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, Pittsburgh Tribune, "Ex-MSHA chief, Wheeling Jesuit University accused of fraud", April 14, 2012.

Wheeling, WV, The Intelligencer, "McAteer, WJU Under Fire: Probe Reportedly Focuses On Diversion of Fed Funds", April 13, 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.

Atlanta, GA, CBSAtlanta, "Advocate group protests former Atlanta priest", February 21, 2012.

Cincinnatti, OH, ONNtv, "Group Protests Priest Over Sex Abuse Allegations", February 21, 2012.

Kansas City, USA,, "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.

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

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


Cincinnati,, WXIX-FOX19, "Former campus minister at Xavier accused of improperly touching minor", June 8, 2011.

Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus,"Statement Regarding Fr. Louis Bonacci, S.J.", June 7, 2011.

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

Wheeling, WTRF TV7 (video), "New Report Cites 60s Sexual Revolution in Catholic Church Scandal.", May 18, 2011.

Charleston, WCHS TV8 (video), "Protestors Urge Victims Of Clergy Abuse To Come Forward", May 1, 2011.

Charleston, Sunday Gazette-Mail, "Survivors of sexual abuse by priests visit West Virginia", April 30, 2011.

SNAP Press_Release, "Wheeling trustee is back in the spotlight", March 7, 2011., Blithe Spirit, "Jesuit SNAP’d again — this time in Philadelphia", March 6, 2011.

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

Steubenville, Herald Star, "Former Weirton priest sentenced", February 19, 2011.

New Hampshire, Concord Monitor, "Ex-N.H. priest molested Va. girl", February 19, 2011.


The Washington Post, "Priest sentenced for molesting girl, 11", February 18, 2011., "Catholic Priest Of Kenyan Descent Sentenced To 5 Years For Molesting A Girl In Virginia", February 18, 2011.

Wheeling, WTRF TV7, "Former Ohio Valley Priest Sentenced for Sexual Assault Against Child", February 18, 2011.

Steubenville, WTOV TV9, "Priest Who Sexually Abused Girl Gets Suspended Sentence", February 18, 2011.

Wheeling WTRF TV7, "Sentencing Date for Ohio Valley Priest Postponed", December 16, 2010.

New Hampshire, WMUR TV9, "Victims' Rights Groups Search For More Victims Of Priest Abuse", November 12, 2010.

National Catholic Reporter, Comment: "Pope, cardinals don’t need prayer; they need to listen", November 11, 2010.

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

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Priest from St. Bede Parish in Point Breeze pleads guilty to Virginia molestation charge", Sept. 30, 2010.

New Hampshire, Concord Monitor, "Priest guilty of touching girl, 11", September 30, 2010.

Steubenville, WTOV TV9, "Local Priest Pleads Guilty To Sexual Battery", September 29, 2010.

Wheeling WTRF TV7, "Ohio Valley Priest Enters Guilty Plea", September 29, 2010.

RETURN TO TOP, "A priest of Kenyan descent pleads guilty to sexual battery in virginia", September 29, 2010.

New Orleans,, "Sex abuse charges dismissed against priest who once served in New Orleans", September 23, 2010., "Trial Begins Sep 29 For The Kenyan Priest In W.Va. Accused Of Molesting A Girl ", September 22, 2010.

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

Hinesville, GA, Coastal Courier, "Priest cleared of allegation, returns to Pembroke parish", September 20, 2010.

SNAP Response to Glenmary Statement,  "Accused predator priest put back in parish", September 14, 2010.

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

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.


Cincinnatti, Glenmary Statement, "Glenmary Priest Returning to Active Ministry", September 8, 2010.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Priest faces sex abuse count in Virginia", September 3, 2010.

Steubenville, WTOV TV9, "Grand Jury To Hear Case Of Weirton Priest Charged With Sexual Battery", August 2, 2010.

Charleston Gazette, "Roane judge dismisses priest's 1991 molestation charges", August 30, 2010.

Akron Beacon Journal, "W.Va. judge tosses sex abuse case against priest", August 30, 2010.

Charleston WSAZ TV3, "UPDATE: Sex Abuse Charges Dismissed Against Priest in Roane County", August 30, 2010.

Charleston WCHS Radio58, "Roane County Priest Trial Won't Happen", August 30, 2010.

Huntington Herald-dispatch, Opinion: "Catholic church takes step to counter abuse", August 9, 2010.

Fairfax Times, "Priest charged with child molestation", July 21, 2010.

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

Weirton Daily Times, "SNAP supporters speak out against Owino and Diocese actions", July 16, 2010.


Wheeling, WTRF TV7, "SNAP Members hold demonstration:Diocese Responds", July 15, 2010.

Steubenville, WTOV TV9, Video Report, "Group encourages clergy abuse victims to come forward", July 15, 2010.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, "Priest Facing Sex Counts", July 13, 2010.

Steubenville, WTOV9, Video Report, "What Led To Arrest Of Local Priest", July 13, 2010.

Steubenville, WTOV9, Video Report, "Former WJU Professor Charged With Sexually Battering Minor", July 12, 2010.

Steubenville, WTOV9, "Local Priest, Former WJU Professor Charged With Sexually Battering 11-Year-Old Girl", July 12, 2010., "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, "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.


Spencer, WV, The Times Record, "Ex-nun’s diary turned over in sex abuse case ", June 10, 2010.

Savannah Morning News, "Rural priest accused of child sex abuse in West Virginia", May 4, 2010.

Spencer, WV, The Times Record, "Ex-nun refuses to hand over journal", April 22, 2010.

Charleston Gazette, Letter to Editor, "Sadie's words callous, hurtful", April 21, 2010.

Tyler, TX, Tyler Morning Telegraph, "Tyler Bishop Urges Congregation to Speak out against Sex Abuse", March 31, 2010.

Charleston Gazette, OpEd, "Edward Sadie: Celibacy not at fault in sexual abuse crisis", April 10, 2010.

New Orleans CBS WWLTV 4, "Support group wants to release names of alleged abusers in Catholic church", March 10, 2010.

New Orleans Fox 8 Live, "Former New Orleans cleric indicted on sex abuse, March 10, 2010.

Atlanta NBC 11 Alive, "Group Asks Archdiocese to Reach Out to Sexual Abuse Victims", March 10, 2010.

Spencer, WV, The Times Record, "Priest's Attorneys Want Ex-nun's Diary", February 19, 2010.

SNAP_Statement, "Predator_Priest_Indicted - Victims_Respond", February 11, 2010.

Spencer, WV, The Times Record, "Priest Indicted on Sex Charges", February 11, 2010.


Columbus WBNS-TV10/ONN-TV, "Group Preaches To Cincinnati's Catholic Archbishop", Frebruary 5, 2010.

The Charleston Gazette, "Abuse-victim support group slams W.Va. bishop", Frebruary 5, 2010.

Cinicinnati WXIX19, "Group criticizes Archbishop Schnurr over indicted priest", February 4, 2010.

Dayton Daily News, "Archbishop’s response to priest’s sexual abuse allegations questioned", February 4, 2010.

Cincinnati Inquirer, "Abuse group challenges archbishop", February 4, 2010.

Letter from SNAP to Bishop Schnurr, February 4, 2010.

Dayton Daily News, "Priest pulled from duties amid sex abuse allegations", February 4, 2010.

Middletown Journal, "Area Priest Facing Molestation Charges", February 3, 2010.

Charleston Daily Mail, "Priest indicted on molestation charges", February 3, 2010.

Cincinnati WKRC12, "Cincinnati Priest Faces Sex Charges", February 3, 2010.

Cincinnati WCPO9, Local Priest Accused of Sex Abuse In West Virginia", February 3, 2010.


Cincinnati Inquirer, "Priest in local order faces abuse charges", February 2, 2010.

Charleston WOWK13, "Ohio Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse in West Virginia", February 2, 2010.

Charleston MetroNews, "No Time Is Too Late", February 2, 2010.

Cincinnati WLWT5, "Area Priest Indicted On W.Va. Sex Crime Charges", February 2, 2010.

WTRF-TV7, "Wheeling Jesuit Pulls Plug on Presidential Search", 10/28/2009.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, "Priest probe resolution disheartening", 10/28/2009.

Dayton Examiner, "Catholic officials settled case but insisted on secrecy", 10/18/2009.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, "SNAP Wants Priest Removed From Board", 10/15/2009.

The Charleston Gazette, "Wheeling Jesuit U. board member under fire", 10/14/2009.

WTOV-TV9, "Wheeling Jesuit Board Member Under Fire", 10/14/2009.

Blithe Spirit, the Blog, "Wheeling Jesuit trustee on the spot", 10/14/2009.

Press Statement by Judy Jones (10/14/2009),  SNAP Ohio Valley Region Director


WOWK-TV13, "Clergy Abuse Help Offered in Charleston", 10/12/2009.

WCHS-TV8, "SNAP starts Chapter in West Virginia", 10/12/2009.

The Charleston Gazette, "Support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse starts in W.Va.", 10/12/2009.

Inside Higher Ed, "Dampened Spirit"(Wheeling Jesuit University), 9/9/2009.

The West Virginia Record, "Victims sue church, former pastor over sex abuse", 8/14/2009.

The Charleston Gazette, "Men sue former pastor over alleged molestation in the 1990s", 7/8/2009.

WSAZ-TV3 News, "Jury Finds Local Pastor Guilty of Sex Abuse", 3/26/2009.

WCHS-TV8, "Pastor Found Guilty" video, 2/27/09.