SNAP Media Events

IL--Church-goers are warned about Accused “Practicing Priest”

Members of two national groups to leaflet at two local Catholic churches

They identify nine credibly accused sex-offending priests from the Rockford Diocese

Groups urge parishioners to “search for wounded survivors” and call police with information

SNAP: “Church officials refuse to do aggressive outreach”

They demand all offenders be defrocked and all files of offenders be made public

WHAT

In the wake of a recently-filed lawsuit against the Rockford Diocese and on the cusp of Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the US, members of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and VOTF (Voice Of The Faithful) will hand out fliers as church-goers arrive for or leave mass at two parishes where the accused priest named in said lawsuit, John C. Holdren, had been assigned.     

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MD--Supporters to leaflet at Catholic Community at Relay

Supporters to leaflet at Catholic Catholic Community at Relay

They challenge pope to demote bishops

SNAP: “Church officials refuse to do aggressive outreach

So group asks parishioners to “search for wounded survivors

“Post names of proven predators on church websites,” victims say

What:

On the cusp of Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the US, as parishioners enter mass, abuse victims will hand out fliers urging church goers. The leaflets list the names of 66 publicly accused child molesting child molesting Catholic clerics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and urges the local bishop to

--disclose the names of other proven, admitted or credibly accused predators, and

--post all church predators’ names on his diocesan website and in church bulletins (like 30 US bishops have done).

The fliers also urge Catholic church members to

--question loved ones about these child molesting clerics (“Did any of these clerics ever hurt you?”) and

--prod anyone who has “seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes of cover ups to call law enforcement.”   

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TX--Baptist church hires pastor after he’s charged with 29 counts of child sex abuse at another church

Group blasts church staff

They hired accused child molester

SNAP: “Local victims & witnesses must speak up

Group urges other ministers to “denounce recklessness

What:

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

--blast the pastor of a Dallas area church for quietly hiring an accused child molester, and

--urge other local Baptist ministers to “publicly denounce” the pastor

They will also  

--seek out others who saw, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by the alleged predator, and

--prod current and former church members and staff to call law enforcement if they “saw, suspected or suffered” the accused molester’s crimes or his supervisors’ cover ups.   

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IL--New pedophile priest is exposed

New pedophile priest is exposed

Child sex abuse and cover up suit filed

Alleged predator now lives in Aurora

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--disclose a just-filed child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against Rockford Catholic officials and

--urge anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” the accused cleric’s crimes to call police.

They will also prod local Catholic officials to

--use parish bulletins, church website and pulpit announcements to seek out “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers,” and

--turn over all files about the cleric to law enforcement so that he might be “prosecuted, convicted and kept away from kids.”   

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CA--Victims want local Catholic officials to take action

Pedophile priests are expose

They worked in the Sacramento area

But each was “publicly outed” elsewhere

Victims want local Catholic officials to take action

“Almost no one here knows about them,” group says

SNAP to bishop: “Warn your flock & reach out to others”

WHAT

On the eve of the Pope Francis’ visit to the US, while holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--disclose the names of three predator priests who worked in the Sacramento area but mostly molested elsewhere and were “exposed” elsewhere, and

--urge anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” their crimes to call police, so that “both those who commit and those who conceal child sex crimes might be prosecuted.”

They will also prod local Catholic officials to:

--use church bulletins and pulpit announcements to seek out other “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers” who may be “suffering in silence,” and

--beg them to permanently post on church websites the names of local predator priests (like 30 other US bishops have done).

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MO--Victims leaflet predator's neighbors in KC MO

NOTE – SNAP members went door-to-door yesterday (8/31)  in the Brookside neighborhood handing out these fliers.  (See media coverage on Channel 5 and KMBZ radio.)

Help us protect kids!

WHO WE ARE

We were molested as kids by priests, nuns, seminarians and bishops. We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org).

WHY WE’RE HERE

Fr. Michael Tierney lives around here. He has been accused repeatedly of abusing kids and giving them drugs, liquor, pornography and ‘massages.’ His Catholic supervisors won’t let him work in a parish. Several child sex abuse lawsuits against him have been settled.

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MO--Victims to leaflet accused priest's neighbors

Victims to leaflet accused priest's neighbors

Even after being sued, bishop kept him on the job

SNAP to diocese: “Disclose more about 2 other priests”

They’re both accused but few know about either of them

Civil lawsuits were settled against them months ago

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood pictures, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will go door to door handing fliers to homeowners. The leaflets warn that a suspended Catholic priest, who faces at least four allegations of molesting kids, apparently lives unsupervised in their neighborhood. They will also publicly push KC Catholic officials to

--move the priest to a remote, secure treatment center so that kids will be safer, and

--disclose more about two recently “outed” priests involved in the recent $10 million settlement.

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OR--Priest fled the US during police investigation

Group to leaflet at Catholic church

They challenge archbishop on accused cleric

Priest fled the US during police investigation

SNAP: “Church officials must do aggressive outreach

Staff must also warn families abroad about wrongdoer, victims say

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MD--Archdiocese admits “a number of allegations” against priest

Victims expose another Catholic predator

Group releases nine pages of records about him

Archdiocese admits “a number of allegations” against priest

Yet two archbishops refuse to tell public or parents about him

SNAP also urges Catholic officials to drop legal case against a victim

Man who was molested at Calvert Hall now faces trespassing charges

WHAT:

A month before Pope Francis comes to DC, holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will release nine pages of previously-secret records about a never-before-publicly accused predator priest who apparently had several victims. They will also urge Baltimore Catholic officials to

--“come clean,” for the sake of public safety, about other predator priests and

--post their names on church websites (like Baltimore’s previous archbishop did).

And they’ll beg anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” clergy sex crimes or cover ups at Calvert Hall and in the Baltimore area “to step forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.”

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VA-Fairfax Community Church Employs Convicted Child Sex Predator

Victims to leaflet church

Sexually violent predator works there

Only some of the church-goers know about him

“Why put kids in harm’s way?” group asks

WHAT

As congregants leave a service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out leaflets about a registered child sex offender now working at the church.

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AR--Abuse victims blast AR state board of ed

Group blasts state board of education

It gives convicted teacher a chance to teach again

She knew about but delayed reporting a colleague’s crimes

Organization urges officials to reconsider their recent decision

Group also urges “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers” to “speak up”

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, members of a support group for clergy abuse victims will

--blast the Arkansas Board of Education for giving a convicted teacher a chance to teach again,

--urge the board to reconsider its decision, and

--beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or cover ups in schools to “come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.”   

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MO--New court filing in priest’s “bizarre” conspiracy lawsuit

New court filing in priest’s “bizarre” lawsuit

In a “first,” he sues young alleged victim’s parents

He also alleges “conspiracy: folks, SNAP, cops & city

It’s because he’s from China, controversial cleric claims

SNAP says archbishop is backing this “vicious intimidation”

Group uses little-known state “anti-SLAPP” law to defend itself

And group asks judge to punish predator by making him pay fees

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, an attorney and clergy abuse victims will discuss a new legal filing responding to an unprecedented recent federal lawsuit in which a twice-accused predator priest claims a young alleged victim’s parents, SNAP leaders, police officers and St. Louis city officials are conspiring against him.  

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MN--Five local predator priests are “outed” for first time

 

Five local predator priests are “outed” for first time

All worked in Duluth but bishop claims to know nothing about them

Group calls on current & ex-church staff to “come clean” about abusers

Their direct church supervisors admit each of the men is “credibly accused”

Long secret records about them were released yesterday; More are on the way

Sirba’s “continuing secrecy” puts “kids in harm’s way,” support group contends

It wants diocese to “stop spending donated dollars on lawyers to keep secrets secret”

WHAT

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

--the newly-outed five predator priests who have worked in Duluth,

--the just-released and soon-to-be-released secret records about them, and

--provide their photos and work histories.

They will also

-- prod anyone who was hurt by the priests to speak up and get help, and

-- prod Catholic officials in Duluth and across Minnesota to “come clean” with more information about the priests and aggressively seek out their victims.   

 

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MO--Six predator priests “outed” for first time

Six predator priests “outed” for first time

All worked in Catholic dioceses Missouri or Illinois

They’re “credibly accused child molesters,” church admits

Long secret records about them were just released this week

More hidden documents will be disclosed in the months ahead

Two of them were in this area as recently as three & six years ago

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose the names of six predator priests who’ve never been “outed” here before,

--discuss just-released and soon-to-be-released secret records about them, and

--provide their photos and work histories 

They will also

-- prod anyone who was hurt by the priests to speak up and get help, and

-- prod Catholic officials in St. Louis, Belleville and Springfield to “come clean” with more information about the priests and aggressively seek out their victims.

    

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MO--In a first, priest sues alleged victim’s parents

 

Victims to hold news conference

In a first, priest sues alleged victim’s parents

SNAP leaders, police officers and city are also accused

Group to Archbishop “Why let a twice-accused predator do this?”

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will discuss an unprecedented new federal lawsuit in which, for the first time ever, an accused local child molesting cleric is suing

--an alleged victim’s parents

--SNAP

--the police and/or

--the city

The victims will blast the priest’s “intimidating” legal maneuver and will blast the archbishop for letting him do this.

For the sake of public safety, SNAP wants Catholic officials to

--disclose the priest’s whereabouts,

--take his passport so he can’t flee overseas, and

--publicly answer troubling questions about the cleric and his relationship to the archbishop.

They will also urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered the twice-accused priest’s crimes to call “independent sources of help, like therapists, police, prosecutors or support groups.”   

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