John Noble is a Roman Catholic student and activist pursuing a Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is involved with several initiatives for Catholic reform, and works at Pastors for Texas Children, a public school advocacy network.  

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How Clergy Abuse Survivors Are Challenging the Church's Cover-Ups

by John Noble 01-23-2019
A Q&A with SNAP President Tim Lennon

Protester on behalf of abuse victims while Pope Francis celebrateds mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Peter & Paul in downtown Philadelphia. Sept. 26 2015. By a katz / Shutterstock

Over the past few decades, sexual abuse survivors, whistleblowers, and journalists have exposed a horrific pattern of sex abuse and cover up in the Roman Catholic Church. As a Catholic millennial, I have never known a church unmarked by the abuse crisis. In the bathrooms at my Catholic high school and my small Midwestern parish, I distinctly remember posters detailing who I should call if I was abused or assaulted by an authority figure. Last year, the Pennsylvania grand jury report and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick revelations made my generation aware of this crisis in a renewed way. Too often, in responses, the voices of survivors themselves are too often lost.

I recently had the opportunity to discuss the current state of the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis with Tim Lennon, a survivor of clergy sexual abuse. Lennon is the president of the board of directors of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a nonprofit support network for survivors of sexual abuse by religious and institutional authorities.

How Activists Are Connecting the Dots Between Faith and the Prison Strike

by John Noble 08-30-2018

Credit: Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

From Florida to California, imprisoned activists are organizing work stoppages, boycotting prison commissaries, and going on hunger strikes to draw attention to injustice in the U.S. prison system. Faith groups such as Christians for Socialism and The Friendly Fire Collective are supporting these prisoners as they hold a 19-day strike protesting what they call “prison slavery.” They see fighting for justice alongside prisoners as an important expression of their faith.