Media Statements

MO-- Diocese pays settlement re Naples predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Diocese pays abuse settlement

Cleric is long time Naples resident

Victim is veteran head of support group

Pedophile priest worked in nine Missouri towns

Man worries that predator “may still be hurting kids now”

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MI--Orthodox bishop ousted for alleged sexual misconduct

For immediate release, Thursday, September 3, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A Michigan Orthodox bishop has been put on leave and forbidden to work as a priest while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated. A victims’ group applauds the disclosure but wants church officials to do more.

On September 1st, Dearborn Heights Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (517-522-4800nathaniel@roea.org) publicly disclosed on his website that his auxiliary bishop, Irineu Duvlea (517-456-4474monastery@holy-ascension.org), was being investigated by the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

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IL--Victims write Peoria bishop about accused priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Jeff Jones, Peoria SNAP leader (jjones10072gmail.com, 815 985 9441)

Victims challenge bishop about alleged predator priest

He’s a “credibly accused child molester,” church admits

But group worries that his whereabouts now are secret

“We fear he has hurt others or is hurting others,” SNAP says

Cleric reportedly also led weekend retreats for Catholic teenagers

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Poland--Victims urge papal outreach to archbishop Wesolowski's victims; Polish bishops should do this, too!

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the sake of healing, we call on Pope Francis to aggressively do outreach in each of the ten nations where Archbishop Josef Wesolowski spent time as a cleric. The pontiff should publicly beg anyone who was hurt by Wesolowski to come forward and get help.

(The nations are: Poland, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico.)

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bweso.html

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Vatican--Victims urge papal outreach to archbishop Wesolowski's victims

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the sake of healing, we call on Pope Francis to aggressively do outreach in each of the ten nations where archbishop Josef Wesolowski spent time as a cleric. The pontiff should publicly beg anyone who was hurt by Wesolowski to come forward and get help.

(The nations are: Poland, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico.)

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bweso.html

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Vatican--Victims urge other Wesolowski victims to “come forward”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 28

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Kids are safer now that Wesolowski has passed. But sadly, now no one will ever know how many Catholic officials concealed his crimes for how many months or years.

Had Vatican officials turned over Wesolowski to secular authorities, as they should have, he might have already been tried, convicted and imprisoned. And more truth about wrongdoers in his case might have surfaced.  

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MN-- Hibbing Catholic Priest now faces 5 felony counts

For immediate release Friday, August 28

Statement by northern Minnesota SNAP leader Verne Wagner (lwagsmn@yahoo.com, 218-340-1277)

A Catholic priest, Fr. Brian Lederer, who was arrested in May of 2015 now faces 5 felony counts. A fourth victim has come forward and child pornography has been found on his personal computer. Lederer is currently free on bail.  

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WI--Vatican rules against Madison predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

For more information: Peter Isely of Milwaukee, 414 429 7259, peterisely@yahoo.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, 314 566 9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Vatican rules against predator priest

Child molesting cleric worked in nine WI towns

He once unsuccessfully sued one of his victims

SNAP: “Madison bishop must warn others about him

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IL--Peoria bishop ousts predator priests; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Statement by Jeff Jones, Peoria SNAP leader (jjones10072gmail.com, 815 985 9441)

We are saddened that Peoria’s bishop says nothing about calling the police about a child sex abuse report against one of his priests.

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Vatican--Accused abusive bishop walking free in the Vatican?

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A credibly accused predator prelate walks free now in Rome, according to the BBC. We join with staff at BishopAccountability.org in questioning how top Catholic officials can apparently be so reckless.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/statements/2015_08_24_Doyle_Wesolowski_Reportedly_Free_in_Vatican_City.htm

http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2015/08/150811_republica_dominicana_wesolowski_nuncio_vaticano_juicio_mes_sin_fecha_lv

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MN--Victims disappointed in judge’s ruling in clergy case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Kids are safer every time information about those who commit or conceal child sex crimes is made public. So we’re disappointed in Judge Shaun Floerke ruling that limits disclosures about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Duluth in a civil lawsuit.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3825189-judge-denies-broad-access-church-abuse-documents

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MO--Three new stories show women sometimes abuse too

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A woman in St. Louis is charged with sexually abusing an infant. A woman from Park Hills is charged with promoting under-aged prostitution. A woman in New York is charged with promoting prostitution through a website called RentBoy.com

Today, these three stories appear in just two news sources: the Post-Dispatch and the New York Times.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/lemay-woman-sexually-abused-child-while-boyfriend-videotaped-crimes-police/article_e0344732-0270-568a-8484-a22718f30328.html

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-couple-charged-with-luring-girls-into-prostitution/article_0660574f-a763-576a-acf7-730ed659855a.html

 

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