First World SNAP Conference on Child Sexual Abuse

Friday April 26th to Sunday April 28th 2013 – Dublin, Ireland

Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, Dublin 2

This conference, organised by Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests,(SNAP) will be opened by Colm O’Gorman (CEO Amnesty International Ireland) who will give the keynote address. Other prominent contributors include Maeve Lewis (One In Four), Mari T. Steed (Justice for Magdalenes), Fr. Tom Doyle (Dominican Priest), Pam Spees (attorney at Centre for Constitutional Rights, New York), Juan Carlos Cruz (Campaigner,Chile), Pat Wall (Canon Lawyer) Paddy Doyle (author/campaigner), Marie Collins (campaigner), Jeff Anderson (Lawyer, NY), Sandrau Fernau (Sociologist at Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony) Bruce Arnold (author and senior political correspondent, Irish Independent), Patsy Mc Garry (chief religious affairs correspondent, Irish Times), Marco Politi (Papal biographer),

Cllr Mannix Flynn will be the facilitator for this event.

Registration Fee: €65 Survivors/Relatives  €150 Professionals/Organisations

Schedule of Speakers: Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, Dublin

Friday April 26th to Sunday April 28th 2013

Friday 26th April 2013

1:00 – 3:00

Colm O’Gorman   “It’s Not About Faith”  (Keynote address)

Patsy McGarry      “Why Ireland?”

3:00–3:30      Break


Mari Steed             “Justice for Magdalenes: The Little NGO That Could”

Paddy Doyle          ‘Before and after the writing of ‘The God Squad”

Marie Collins           ‘Child abuse images – A Worldwide plague

5:30-7:30        Dinner Break

7:30                 Performance:  James X  by Gerard Mannix Flynn

Saturday 27th April 2013


Pam Spees    ‘Seeking justice through highter authorities: An update on the    filings to the international criminal and human rights bodies’

Marco Politi     ‘The Vatican and the Abuse Scandal’

Bruce Arnold     ‘The Irish Gulag: How the State betrayed it’s innocent children’

11:15-11:30                Break

11:30-12:30               Breakout session one

12:30-2:00                 Lunch Break


Maeve Lewis       “Ireland After the Clerical Abuse Reports: A Safer Place For Children?”

Sandra Fernau    ‘Sexual child abuse by Catholic priests – regarding the failure of a large scale research project and the persepectives for continuation of the victimological study’

Juan Carlos Cruz   ‘Experience in Chile: Violated as a child protecing others now’ (Terry McKiernan, Anne Barrett Doyle)

4:15-4:30                    Break

4:30-5:30                   Breakout session two

5:30-7:30                   Dinner

7:30                            Social Activity

Sunday 28th April 2013


Patrick Wall              ‘Why the deafening silence?  Lessons from Irish Bishops that came to America: Manning, O’ Connell and Curry’

Fr. Tom Doyle           ‘Why the institutional Church does what it does – a look inside institutionalized narcissism’

International Panel Discussion – facilitated by Dave Beckwith

Leona Huggins – Canada

Badara Ndaw – Senegal

Juan Carlos Cruz – Chile

Fabio Herrera – Columbia

Barbara Dorris – United States

Barbara Blaine  ‘Grateful and inspired: Where do we go from here?

Friday, April 26: 1 PM – 10 PM.

1:00 – 3:00:
Colm O’Gorman
Patsy McGarry
3:00–3:30: Break
Mari Steed
Paddy Doyle
Marie Collins

5:30-7:30: Dinner Break
7:30 Performance: “James X”

Saturday, April 27: 9:30 AM – 10 PM.

Pam Spees
Marco Politi
Bruce Arnold
11:15-11:30: Break
11:30-12:30: Breakout session one
12:30-2:00: Lunch Break
Maeve Lewis
Sandra Fernau
Juan Carlos Cruz (Terry McKiernan, Anne Barrett Doyle)
4:15-4:30: Break
4:30-5:30: Breakout session two
5:30-7:30: Dinner
7:30: Social Activity

Sunday, April 28: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon.


Patrick Wall
Jeff Anderson
Tom Doyle
International Panel

Barbara Blaine (SNAP – Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests)

Grateful and inspired: Where do we go from here?”