10:15 a.m. SNAP News Conference Concerning New Chicago Archbishop

Victims News Conference re New Chicago Archbishop

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

-- respond to Pope Francis' choice to head the Chicago archdiocese,

-- make recommendations to him on what he should do first, and

urge Chicago citizens and Catholics to remain vigilant and avoid complacency regarding the safety of kids.

WHEN

Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10:15 a.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside the Chicago archdiocesan headquarters, 835 N. Rush Street (at E. Chestnut St.) in downtown Chicago

WHO

Two-four adults who belong to a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Some were molested as kids; others are concerned Catholics.

WHY

The group will offer perspective on Chicago's new archbishop and recommend some “first steps” he should take as he assumes his new office.

FYI - Lawyers who have dealt with Spokane clergy sex abuse and cover up cases include John Allison of Spokane, Michael Pfau (206.462.4334, mike@pcvalaw.com), Tim Kosnoff (425-837-9690,  tim@kosnoff.com),Lee James (208-667-0683, ljames@jvwlaw.net), Blaine Tamaki (509) 248-8338, Erin Olson 503-546-3150, Lee  James of Idaho and bankruptcy attorney Jim Stang310.2,77.6910 jstang@pszjlaw.com).

CONTACT

David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com, Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, Kate Bochte 630 768 1860 (cell), keight@sbcglobal.net

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WHAT

As parishioners head into mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--publicly expose, for the first time, a Hartford/New Haven area predator priest who's being sued, and

–hand out a fact sheet about Hartford's relatively new Catholic archbishop & his “dreadful” role “concealing clergy sex crimes.”   

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WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will:

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New pedophile priest lawsuit filed

Serial predator's whereabouts are unknown

He fled to Mexico after multiple accusations here

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WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will prod Sacramento's Catholic bishop to do more about a predator priest who fled to Mexico and is being sued again for child sex crimes.

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CA- Victims to leaflet parish about new diocese head

Victims to leaflet parish about new diocese head 

He admitted to destroying evidence, and

Cleric protected/promoted sex offending clerics

It's time for "outsider" to lead diocese, group says

Child safety must come first, SNAP pleads

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out educational leaflets to Catholics entering and leaving Mass. The leaflets are about the priest recently chosen to head the Diocese of San Diego and say that the priest:

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IL/CA- Victims expose secret sex abuse and cover-up letters

Chicago youth activist and LA priest accused of abuse

Official demanded all emails about allegations destroyed

Church officials "quietly removed" cleric from LA parish

He's now working with youngsters in Chicago

Where is the often-promised church “transparency?” group asks

WHAT:

At news conferences in Chicago and Los Angeles, victims of child sex abuse will expose for the first time previously secret letters that show church officials are currently covering up for a high-ranking priest and Chicago youth activist. The letters show that:

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SF Catholic church group is sued for cover up

SF Catholic church group is sued for cover up

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And his supervisors guilt-tripped the boy's mother

They threatened her with “eternal damnation” over “lost souls

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Put him in treatment center and explain your deceit,” they say

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WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims will urge Bay Area Catholic officials to"

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WA- Victims blast archbishop over funeral

Admitted serial predator priest gets “full honors

SNAP: “Move re-victimizes the wounded & deters other victims

Group also discloses names of 18 predator priests in archdiocese

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will: 

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Unless Finn appeals, victims will share $1.1 million

Their message to bishop: “Accept justice, don't appeal”

They urge Catholic officials: post predators' names on church websites

WHAT 

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Neither has been publicly accused before

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One got a $750,000 settlement last year

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WHAT
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Sex abuse victims seek help from archbishop

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"

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WHAT

Holding signs and photos of themselves at the age they were abused, a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will urge the Bay Area’s Catholic archbishop to: 

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CA- Victims seek bishop’s help

Victims seek bishop’s help

Deadline has been set for victims to step forward

According to court filing, 11 predators worked in diocese

But survivors’ group says “there are surely more”

SNAP: Anyone who believes they have a claim should act now

Organization is available to help survivors as they navigate this process

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will;

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MO- Convicted predator is back in St. Louis area

Civil case against him settled last week

Victims blast archbishop for “crossing a line”

Carlson publicly attacked an alleged rape victim

His goal, groups say, is “to intimidate others to stay quiet”

SNAP to Carlson: “Defend yourself without being cruel to accusers”

Group also wants church officials to disclose names of 63 “credibly accused clerics”

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose that a notorious local predator priest is now back in the St. Louis area (and provide his address and phone number). 

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OH- Group makes "last ditch" effort

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WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims will;

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MO- Victims announce new court filing

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What:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, victims of clergy sex abuse and their supporters will announce and give copies of their new court filing, which seeks to finalize the $1.1 million that an arbitrator has awarded them. They will also blast Kansas City's Catholic bishop for continuing to

--deny therapy for victims and/or put unnecessary restrictions on that therapy, and

– wage an “incredibly expensive” legal defense battle, instead of honoring the binding arbitration process.

A nationally known abuse victim and advocate will

--explain why their unprecedented lawsuit and the arbitrator's historic decision impacts victims across the country, and

urge those victims in other cities and states to consider filing similar suits to force bishops to live up to their child protection promises.

The group will also prod everyone who sees, suspects or suffers clergy sex crimes to keep coming forward and calling police.    

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