As the awful truth to many of the allegations became clear, a pattern of sexual abuse and cover-up in a number of large dioceses across the United States (what had originally appeared to be a few isolated cases of abuse), exploded into a nationwide scandal. The resulting scandal created a crisis for the Catholic Church, encouraging victims in other nations to come forward with their allegations of abuse, creating a global crisis for the church.
In Maryland, many victims presented their cases to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as a result of the whistle blown by the Boston Globe. In 2015, the fallout from the Boston Globe’s investigations was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight.”
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) released a statement that it was glad officials had listed “predator priests,” but expressed regret that they had taken so long to do so. SNAP also said it is suspecting that the church did not publish the full names, urging it to do so with immediate effect.
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