SNAP holds protest outside Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Greensburg

SNAP holds protest outside Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, held a protest outside the Pittsburgh Diocese and Greensburg Diocese headquarters Monday.

Protesters and survivors confronted Pittsburgh Diocese officials over the handling of sex abuse allegations by the church.

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They’re pushing for priests and other church leaders to held accountable for the explosive revelations in the grand jury report released last week.

The group is calling for new legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases and for the opening of a two year retroactive window allowing civil cases to move forward even if the statute has expired.

"We have several demands that we want and we're hoping somebody's going to listen. We don't expect the Catholic Church to do anything but deny," said SNAP representative Judy Jones.

After hearing from several abuse survivors, Monsignor Ron Lengwin offered SNAP leaders a 1-on-1 meeting with Bishop David Zubik.

The leaders rejected the offer because it would have been done behind closed doors, not in public or with the media present.

SNAP will be making their way to all six diocese throughout the state who were mentioned in the grand jury report.

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