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Michigan priest sues SNAP for defamation

February 28, 2017

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has been hit with a new lawsuit, by a Michigan priest who charges that the group defamed and libeled him.

The lawsuit filed by Father Kenneth Kaucheck adds to the woes of SNAP, which was rocked earlier this year by a suit filed by a former employee, who charges that the group “callously disregards the real interests” of sex-abuse victims, while soliciting donations from lawyers who handle the victims’ complaints. Soon after that suit was filed, SNAP announced the resignation of its national director, David Clohessey, and then its president, Barbara Blaine.

The new lawsuit by Father Kaucheck claims that SNAP falsely accused him of molesting a teenage girl. The suit argues that Father Kaucheck never had any contact with girls at a facility described in the SNAP accusation, and that—contrary to SNAP’s claim—the Detroit archdiocese was fully aware of the priest’s involvement in raising funds for the facility.

Since the charge against him was made by SNAP in 2009, Father Kaucheck has been on administration leave. The Media Report says that the priest—who emphatically insists on his innocence—has never had an opportunity to answer the charge in any civil or canonical hearing.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 01, 2017 12:21 AM ET USA

    SNAP was rarely about Justice and more about money on the part of lawyers and sadly frequently the complaintents. Rather than fixing the problem many just wanted revenge and reimbursement. Look at the record. That is not to excuse many of the sorry bishops involved but don't blame the faith for the wrongdoing of a few when you consider all the good hardworking priests painted with a broad brush of scandal created by a few.