SNAP: Seek out victims of clergy sex abuse

Clergy abuse watchdogs demand more action from archdiocese in handling of sexual abuse cases.

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Volunteers with SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, offered informational leaflets to people entering the Cathedral of Saint Paul before the 5 p.m. mass Sunday evening, October 6, 2013 in St. Paul. Pictured is David Clohessy, SNAP's Executive Director.

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Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is returning to the archdiocese offices in St. Paul for its second news conference this week Thursday, this time urging the archdiocese to seek out victims of two clerics accused of molesting children.

The group focuses on the Rev. Robert Kapoun, the “Polka Padre,” who was found liable for $1 million for abusing children in a jury verdict that was later overturned. The group says he is still a priest and living unsupervised.

The second is a Catholic brother that the group accuses of molesting 80 children.

The group’s statement says it will also “urge the archbishop to put all of his child molesting clerics in secure treatment centers.”

 

Jean Hopfensperger • 612-673-4511

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