Pope Names Guam Administrator After Archbishop Accused of Abuse

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests We are encouraged that the Vatican has taken this first step. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is now a twice-accused predator archbishop—who has also been accused of intimidating victims, bullying Catholics, and manipulating church rules regarding […]

Leg Update: California and Pennsylvania

California Victims of sex crimes have won another battle in the effort to extend the criminal statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault. SB 813, sponsored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), which seeks to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for rape and related crimes, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee […]

Street closures in NYC for Papal visit

From the NYPD: NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES AND EXPECTED TRAFFIC DELAYS RELATING TO THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS   The New York City Police Department today announced street closures and anticipated traffic delays relating to the visit of Pope Francis. The use of public transportation for the duration of the visit […]

Monitor the Xbox: A textbook example

    I am always telling parents the importance of keeping all Internet-enabled devices in common areas of the home. Many parents challenge me on this—telling me that they trust their child. It’s not a matter of trust. It’s a matter of child safety. Here’s why: From HLN: A Michigan woman is accused of having an […]

Just because they shout the loudest, doesn’t mean they’re right

The big discussion at the 2014 SNAP conference was “everybody’s favorite pontiff,” Pope Francis. Journalist Jason Berry—who faced raised eyebrows for earlier comments criticizing SNAP’s methods and “skillset“—told the group at his conference speech that SNAP should work strategically to “get a place at the table” and negotiate with the Vatican. (Note: Berry did apologize to the larger […]

Victims Settle With LA Archdiocese for $13 Million

This just arrived in my inbox   Media Advisory February 18, 2014   Sexual Abuse Survivors Settle with Los Angeles Archdiocese Archdiocese used therapy scam to defraud victims of civil rights Cardinal, Bishop thwarted police, helped criminal priest escape US   What:  At a news conference Wednesday sexual abuse survivors and their attorneys, Anthony DeMarco and […]

Castillo victims settle with Diocese of San Bernardino

According to the Riverside Press Enterprise, two victims of convicted priest Alejandro “Alex” Castillo settled their sex abuse and cover-up lawsuits against the Diocese of San Bernardino for $3.8 million. In a statement, the diocese called Castillo’s acts “sinful and unlawful.” They also added this: The diocese acknowledges and deeply regrets the sinful and unlawful […]