NEWS Headlines  (since April 2008)

"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,

"OH--Catholic seminary makes contradictory claims", Columbus OH, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Judy Jones, March 22, 2016.


"Josephinum hoping to add stricter screening process of applicants [w/ video]”, Columbus OH, NBC4i, Ted Hart, March 22, 2016.

"Josephinum proposes admission changes to weed out predators", Columbus OH, The Columbus Dispatch, JoAnne Viviano, March 21, 2016.

"Josephinum proposes admission changes after former seminarian child sex crime charges [w/ copy of proposals][w/ video]”, Columbus OH, NBC4i, Olivia Fecteau, March 21, 2016.

"Josephinum to overhaul selection process after former student arrested on sex crimes [w/ videos]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV News, Nathan Baca, March 21, 2016.

"Former seminarian indicted, pleads not guilty to child sex crime charges [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, NBC4i(WCMH), Dan Pearlman, February 25, 2016.

“Ex-Seminarian Denies Child-Sex Charges”, Columbus, OH, Courthouse News Service, Bianca Bruno, February 25, 2016. 

"Survivors Group Says Ohio Diocese Ignored Reports About Child Sex Abuse Suspect", Columbus, OH, WCBE, Jim Letizia, February 10, 2016.


"SNAP Calls For Catholic Church To Host Public Meeting Regarding Joel Wright [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Maureen Kocot, February 9, 2016.

"Advocacy group wants Columbus bishop to publicize recent seminarian arrest", Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch, JoAnne Viviano, February 9, 2016.

"Group Protests Diocese Of Steubenville For Handling Of Joel Wright Case [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, TV10, Maureen Kocot, February 8, 2016.

"SNAP addresses seminary student arrested on child sex charges [w/ video]”, Steubenville, OH, WTOV, Kendall Forward, February 8, 2016.

"Franciscan University Knew About Craigslist Ad Placed By Joel Wright Before Arrest", Columbus, OH, 10TV,  Tylar Bacome, February 5, 2016.

"How The So-Called Tipster Scammed, Then Exposed Joel Wright [w/ video]”,  Columbus, OH, TV10, February 5, 2016.

"Steubenville police had investigated former seminary student in 2015 after he offered to babysit kids", Columbus, OH, NBC4i (WCMH), February 4, 2016.


"Seminary student made prior attempts to obtain baby [w/ video]”, Steubenville, OH, WTOV, Julia Kramer, February 4, 2016.

"Alleged FBI Informat Describes Conversations With Joel Wright [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Tylar Bacome, February 3, 2016.

"Former Seminary Student Wanted To Pay Parents To Watch Their Children: Police Report [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, February 3, 2016.

"Sex Abuse Victim Demands Transparency In Case Of Accused Seminary Student [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Tylar Bacome, February 2, 2016.

"Federal court will determine if former Ohio seminary student is allowed to bond out", Columbus, OH, NBC4i WCMH, February 2, 2016.

"“Baby buying” seminarian rejected by 45 dioceses, orders", USA, The Worthy Adversary, Joelle Casteix, February 2, 2016.

"Local human trafficking expert says recent high-profile case not surprising [w/video]”, Dayton, OH, ABC 22, Lisa Smith, February 1, 2016.


"Mother Of Accused Seminary Student: 'He's Innocent' [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Tylar Bacome, February 1, 2016.

"New details on seminary student arrested on child sex charges [w/ video]”, Steubenville, OH, WTOV, February 1, 2016.

"Wannabe priest allegedly wrote explicit online messages [w/ video]”, Burlington, VT, WCAX, February 1, 2016.

"Horrifying Details Uncovered In Seminary Student’s Quest For Child Sex [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, February 1, 2016.

"Seminary Student's Past Reveals Troubling Information [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Evan Anderson, January 31, 2016.

"Seminary college "shocked" after student's alleged attempt to have sex with infant [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, Fox 28, James Jackson, January 31, 2016.

"Joel Wright: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know [with copy of the criminal complaint]”,, Tom Cleary, January 31, 2016.

"A criminal complaint against a former Ohio seminarian accused of attempting to have sex with young children in


Mexico details alleged previous efforts to obtain access to small children", Gainesville, GA, WDUN from The Associated Press, January 31, 2016.

"Seminary student with local ties arrested on serious charges", Steubenville, OH, WTOV, January 30, 2016.

"New details on ex-seminary student accused of attempting to engage in sexual act with a child [w/ video]", Columbus, Ohio, WCMH NBC4i, Dan Pearlman, January 30, 2016.

"Would-be priest (23) charged with 'trying to arrange sex with infant girl'", Dublin, Ireland, Irish Independent, January 30, 2016.

"Former Vt. man accused of trying to have sex with infants", Burlington, VT, WCAX, January 30, 2016.

"Would-be priest 'sought sex with baby girl'", USA, Irish Examiner, January 30, 2016.

"Catholic student arrested on abuse allegations", USA/Mexico, Premier, Hannah Tooley, January 30, 2016.

"Trainee priest arrested and charged with trying to arrange sex with infants in Mexico", Mexico/California, Irish Independent, January 30, 2016.

"Ohio Seminary student arrested, charged with trying to arrange sex with infants", USA/Mexico, KLEW, Elizabeth Faugl, January 29, 2016.


"Man accused of flying to San Diego for sex with minors", San Diego, CA, San Diego Union-Tribune, David Hernandez, January 29, 2016.

"Former Columbus seminary student charged after allegedly trying to have sex with babies in Mexico [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, NBC4i, Dan Pearlman and Michelle Rotuno-Johnson, January 29, 2016.

"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.

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.

Columbus, OH, WSYX ABC 6, "Local Victims React to Pope's Statement on Clergy Sex Abuse", July 7, 2014.

Clumbus, OH,, "Local SNAP Chapter Responds To Pope Francis Meeting With Victims", July 7, 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.

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.

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

Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch, "Priest with Columbus tie receives house arrest", September 6, 2013.

Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch [with video], "Advocate wants long sentence for abusive priest", August 28, 2013.


Columbus, OH,, "Letter_to_Bishop_Campbell", August 28, 2013.

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

Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch, "Former DeSales choir director arrested on sex-related charges involving students", July 22, 2013.

Columbus, OH and Victoria, BC, Times Colonist, "Victoria priest Philip Jacobs to be sentenced Sept. 4 for sexual touching conviction", July 19, 2013.

Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch, "Columbus Diocese puts priest on leave amid sex-abuse probe", July 18, 2013.

Columbus, Dispatch, "Priest found guilty on sex charge in Canada", February 26, 2013.

USA, BishopAccountability, "Pope to Resign: Statement by Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director,", February 11, 2013.

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


Columbus, OH, The Dispatch, "One-time pastor who molested 12-year-old dies at 82", February 11, 2013.

Columbus, OH, SNAP Statement, "Pedophile priest passes away", February 10, 2013.

Columbus, The Post Dispatch, "Top official at Loyal Order of Moose retires following molestation accusations", December 21. 2012.

Canada, Times Colonist, "Priest’s trial expected to wrap today", December 19, 2012.

Canada, Sooke News Mirror, "Father Philip Jacobs on trial in Victoria", December 19, 2012.

Columbus, The Dispatch, "Columbus diocese urged to search for priest's victims", December 18, 2012.

Columbus, OH and Victoria, BC, Saanich News, "Sex assault trial starts for former Saanich priest", December 11, 2012.

Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch , "Group: Scrutinize priest who sought sex with boys", October 3, 2012.

Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch, "Group wants larger investigation of Greek Orthodox priest",  October 2, 2012.


Columbus,The Columbus Dispatch, "Priest sentenced to six years on sex charges", September 28, 2012.

Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch, "Priest pleads guilty to one count of attempted rape", September 27, 2012.

Columbus, OH, CBS WBNS-TV 10, " Greek Orthodox Priest Pleads Guilty To Attempted Rape, Sentenced To 6 Years", September 27, 2012.

Columbus, NBC TV4 (w/ video), "Group wants church to take action", September 25, 2012.

Columbus, SNAP Flier relating to Fr. Patrick Nicholas Hughes, September 25, 2012.

Columbus, NBC TV4, "Priest charged with sex abuse working on a plea deal", September 25, 2012.

Columbus, ABC TV6 (w/ video), "Group protests Greek Orthodox church", September 25, 2012.

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.

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.

Texas, The Statesman, "Catholic leaders shirked duty in sex abuse cases", July 9, 2011.

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

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


Maryland, Montgomery Gazette, "Judge reconsiders former Germantown youth pastor's sex offense probation", January 5, 2011.

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

MD, Montgomery Gazette, "Germantown priest indicted on sex offense not receiving counseling", September 28, 2010.

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

SNAP Statement: Victims unveil '5 point action plan' after UK papal visit, September 20, 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.

Victoria, BC,, "‘We could’ve done more' admits Diocese Bishop after priest charged with sex offences", August 10, 2010.


Victoria, BC, The Province, "The two faces of Father Jacobs, How a dirty little secret caught up with the 'perfect' priest'", August 7, 2010.

Columbus Dispatch, "Ousted Columbus priest arrested", August 7, 2010.

Columbus, WCMH NBC4, "Former Columbus Priest Charged In Canada With Sex Crimes", August 6, 2010.

Victoria, BC, BClocalnews, "Former Saanich priest arrested on sex charges", August 6, 2010.

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

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

CBS Channel 3 Springfield Coverage of A.J. Cote Conviction, July 17, 2009

Zanesville Times Recorder Coverage of  A.J. Cote Conviction, July 16, 2009

WHIZNEWS.COM Coverage of  A.J. Cote Conviction, July 15, 2009

Zanesville Times Recorder Coverage of  A.J. Cote Conviction, July 15, 2009

Columbus Dispatch Coverage of  A.J. Cote Conviction, July 14, 2009
Columbus Dispatch Coverage of SNAP Event in Columbus, OH: RE: A.J. Cote, July 15, 2008

WHIZ-TV Coverage of  SNAP Event in Somerset, OH: RE: A.J. Cote, July 14, 2008

Maryland Gazette.Net Story, RE: A.J. Cote, Columbus, OH,  October 18, 2006.

Erie Times News Article on SNAP Rally in Washington, DC before Pope Visit, April 14, 2008