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National--SNAP Fact Sheet: Bishops posting predator priests’ names

Why is it important that predator priests’ names are exposed?

First, because it’s the quickest, easiest, cheapest and most effective way to protect kids now. If a chemical company CEO knows of 20 or 30 places in a city where toxic chemicals have been dumped, her first duty is to warn the public. (Then, she must of course fence in the properties, put up ‘DANGER’ signs and take other remedial steps.)

Since bishops recruited, educated, ordained, hired, trained, transferred and shielded these predators – often until criminal statutes of limitations expired so prosecution wasn’t possible – the LEAST bishops can do is make it easier for police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public to learn who these predators are so they can keep their loved ones away from them.

Second, because it helps heal the wounded. Somewhere, there’s an elderly Catholic mom on her knees praying “God forgive me for being a bad parent. Sally has an eating disorder and Bill is an alcoholic. I’ve obviously done something wrong.” When she sees Fr. John Smith exposed as a predator, she calls her kids and they acknowledge “Yes, he molested me,” and the whole family begins to stop blaming themselves and start their recovery. (“The truth,” the Bible says, “shall set us free.”)

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National--leaflet to be handed out at churches re Spotlight & perp lists

In 10 cities in the US this weekend (Sat. Feb. 27 & Sunday, Feb. 28), survivors and advocates will hand out this leaflet to mass-goers.  

Please help protect kids!

Tell your bishop to post predators’ names

WHO WE ARE

We are concerned Catholics, clergy sex abuse victims and their loved ones. We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

   

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National-- Victims demand perp priest lists

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 26

For more info: David Clohessy 314 645 5915 home, 314 566 9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org

Victims demand perp priest lists

Last year, 6 Catholic institutions in Minnesota did this

Last month, Seattle archbishop released 77 predators’ names

Another may do so next month; 30 bishops have taken this step

SNAP: “But at least 2,800 accused priests’ names remain hidden

Group says some still are still near kids now as teachers, therapists, etc.

“Spotlight is still needed until church officials ‘come clean,’” victims feel   

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FL--Doctor sued for sexual battery

Doctor sued for sexual battery

It’s the second lawsuit filed vs. him

Group believes others are “still suffering”

It urges “anyone with information” to call police

SNAP: “Prosecutors and Health Dept. must take action”

Clinic knew of his misdeeds but kept him working, suit says

WHAT

Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims will

--disclose that a local doctor is being sued, for the second time, for sexual battery,

--blast his colleagues for “doing little or nothing” to stop his “hurtful crimes,”

--push law enforcement and Health Department officials to “take action now,” and

--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement and file formal complaints with the state health department

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OH--SNAP: "Church staff ignored repeated red flags”

Victims seek Catholic bishop’s help

They also release list of 8 accused Columbus clerics

All attended same school as just-arrested seminarian

SNAP: “Ohio church staff ignored repeated red flags”

Prelate should hold “open public meeting” about case

"Why do Catholic institutions still put kids at risk?” group asks

All priests should “reach out now to any local victims,” SNAP says

WHAT


Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will disclose the names of eight publicly accused sex offender clerics who spent time at a Columbus seminary. They will also beg the top Catholic official in Columbus to 

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OH--Victims blast Catholic officials

Church officials ignored warnings on seminarian

Man was reported rejected by 40+ schools

SNAP: “Ohio church staff didn’t heed ‘red flags’”

But he was accepted & backed by Steubenville’s bishop

"Why do Catholic institutions still put kids at risk?” group asks

All priests should “reach out now to any local victims,” SNAP says

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will blast Ohio Catholic officials for apparently doing little or nothing about a sexually troubled seminarian even though they were warned that he was 

--offering $150 to babysit Ohio kids, and 

--was trying to buy infants and toddlers for sex. 

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MO--Convicted molester gets to be around kids

Convicted molester gets to be around kids

Victims blast move by Jackson Co. prosecutors

DA’s office agreed to loosen parole restrictions

But the predator had already violated earlier conditions

Deacon “for decades” just pled guilty to felony last month

Victims group begs others who were hurt to “step forward

Abuser lives in Belton & was deacon at Grandview Baptist Church

WHAT

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

--hand out copies of a two page “sentencing modification” document,

 

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KS--Support group wants archbishop to act

KS man appeals to Vatican

Priest allegedly exploited his wife

Support group wants archbishop to act

SNAP: “Families should be warned about cleric”

He worked at several KS churches & has been on leave for 17 years

WHAT

Holding signs and passing out leaflets, clergy abuse victims and a man whose marriage was wrecked by a former Topeka priest will disclose that

--the priest is accused of sexually exploiting an adult parishioner,

--this sexual exploitation ended an 11 year marriage, and

--predator priest now works with vulnerable adults at Catholic Charities.

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WA--Victims blast Seattle archbishop

Victims blast Seattle archbishop

They say his predator list is incomplete

Support group names four more abusers

All of them are publicly accused molesters

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Seattle’s archbishop to

--explain why at least four credibly accused child molesting clerics are not on his recently-released predator priests list,

--release secret files about predator priests so parishioners can learn which church staff ignored or concealed these crimes,

--post predators' names (priests,  nuns, seminarians & all church staff) in parish bulletins too, and

--include their photos, work histories and whereabouts,

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KS man appeals to Vatican

KS man appeals to Vatican

Priest allegedly exploited his wife

Support group wants KS archbishop to act

SNAP: “Families should be warned about cleric”

He worked at several Topeka churches & has been on leave for 17 years

WHAT

Holding signs and passing out leaflets, clergy abuse victims and a man whose marriage was wrecked by a former Topeka priest will disclose that

--the priest is accused of sexually exploiting an adult parishioner,

--this sexual exploitation ended an 11 year marriage, and

--predator priest now works with vulnerable adults at Catholic Charities.   

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NE--Convicted ex-head of K.C. MO diocese now works in NE

Victims want decision reversed

They’re worried about controversial MO prelate

Convicted ex-head of KC diocese now works in NE

“He shouldn’t be in ministry of any kind,” group says

SNAP: “Lincoln bishop should meet with his flock about this”

WHAT


Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, leaders of a victims’ group and concerned Lincoln citizens will hand deliver a letter to Lincoln's Catholic bishop and
publicly urge him to:

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MI--SNAP: “Is he letting other accused abusers work in parishes?”

Victims seek help from prelates

“Each MI bishop should do outreach,” SNAP says
Their colleague is accused of abusing seminarians
Group also wants Kalamazoo bishop to hold meeting
SNAP: “Is he letting other accused abusers work in parishes?”
“He should explain his decision & answer questions,” they say
And group wants Battle Creek priest disciplined “for deception”

WHAT

Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims and concerned Catholics will hand-deliver a letter and publicly urge Michigan bishops to seek out anyone who may have been hurt by a now-disgraced Twin Cities Archbishop. In addition to endangering children by covering up sex crimes, the archbishop allegedly made “unwanted sexual advances” toward at least six seminarians when he led a Detroit school for prospective priests.

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FL--Catholic officials punish whistleblowers

Victims blast Palm Beach bishop

Catholic officials punish whistleblowers

And they wanted to help a predator flee

Support group wants law enforcement to investigate

SNAP: “Those who conceal abuse should also face charges

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will blast Palm Beach’s Catholic bishop for retaliating against a whistleblower priest who called law enforcement when a colleague admitted child sex crimes and a nun who helped the whistleblower. The victims will also urge the bishop to

--hold an open public meeting to answer questions about the troubling allegations that his diocese tried to help a predator flee,

--explain whether he or his colleagues have done this with other child molesting clerics, and

--post all predator priests' names in parish bulletins and on church websites, and

--include their photos, work histories and whereabouts.

 

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CA--SNAP blasts school officials: “Shame on you for backing predators & hurting kids!”

Group praises victims who are testifying for 3rd time

Despite predator’s conviction, school claims “he didn’t do it”

SNAP to wounded children: “You’re being very brave & strong”

They blast school officials: “Shame on you for backing predators & hurting kids!”

WHAT

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

--applaud the brave kids who are being forced by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District to testify about their abuse by former teacher Joseph Martin for the third time, and

--beg anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspected abuse by Martin to report what they know to the authorities.

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GA--SNAP: Church staff should “protect kids by publicizing new legal option”

Victims to leaflet mass attendees

They want predator priests’ names

About 20 US bishops have posted them

But no Georgia Catholic official has done so yet

Group also says new law enables victims to file abuse cases

SNAP: Church staff should “protect kids by publicizing new legal option”

What: 

As Catholics enter and leave mass, sex abuse victims will hand leaflets to them. The fliers ask parishioners to urge Savannah’s bishop:
--permanently post on church websites the names of all predator priests who have worked or lived – or now work or live – in the diocese, and 
--spread the word about a new Georgia law that makes kids safer by enabling child sex abuse victims to file civil lawsuits against “those who commit or conceal sexual violence.”
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