Media Statements

KY--Ex-Louisville church worker to be sentenced re abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 27

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

A Louisville native and former church employee will be sentenced soon for molesting boys in Missouri. We urge his former colleagues in his Louisville congregation to aggressively seek out others who he may have assaulted.

http://fox2now.com/2014/02/11/youth-minister-arrested-for-sexually-assaulting-children/   

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AK--Victims’ group blasts victim-shaming in clergy abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, March 27, 2015

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

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are seething over the content of a letter to the editor of the Kodiak Daily News, which calls into question the testimony of students abused at Saint Innocent’s Academy (SIA).

http://kodiakdailymirror.com/view/full_story/26536441/article-Questioning-some-of-allegations-leveled-against-Father-Paisius?   

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Vatican -- Victims say Pope should oust Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We applaud the two victims on the pope’s abuse panel who are speaking out against the promotion of a corrupt prelate. We call on Francis to reverse himself and out the Chilean bishop he just appointed.

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OH-MI-UT-Canada -- Victims blast Catholic officials

For immediate release: Thursday, March 26

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

Catholic officials in Toledo and Detroit admit that child sex abuse allegations against a priest have been deemed “credible.” We hope this disclosure will prod other victims to come forward and get help.

http://www.catholicchronicle.org/index.php/Diocesan/statement-regarding-father-james-roth-osfs.html

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NJ -- Victims blast Newark Catholic officials

For immediate release: Saturday, March 21

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

As they have done hundreds of times, Catholic officials have again exploited legal loopholes to evade responsibility for sexually violating teenagers. Shame on former Paramus Catholic High School staffers Artur Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski, for both sexually exploiting teenagers they were obligated to protect and using technicalities to get themselves off the hook. 

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MO -- Victims praise ruling vs. Chaminade in child sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 25

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

We are grateful that a judge is letting a child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit proceed against the Marianists, a St. Louis-based Catholic religious order that runs three local schools (Chaminade and Vianney in the county and St. Mary’s in the city).

The case involves Brother Louis J. Meinhardt who was at Chaminade for 30 years. He was publicly exposed as a child molesting cleric for the first time in 2012 and faces at least 15 accusers.

 

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TX--Victims’ group disappointed that Orthodox bishops are still considering controversial episcopal candidate

For immediate release:  Monday, March 23, 2015

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

At their recent meeting in Syosset, New York, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) delayed a final decision on the election of Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel as the new bishop for the Diocese of the South (DOS).

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2   

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AK--Bulgarian priest defrocked

For immediate release: Monday, March 23, 2015

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

The Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia (BOD) announced on its website on Saturday, March 21st that Archpriest Paisius DeLucia would be defrocked.

http://bulgariandiocese.org/

http://www.bulgariandiocese.org/files/Spiritual-Court/21Mar-Decision.pdf    

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Canada, NY--Victims’ group outraged that synod again delays defrocking convicted archbishop

For immediate release:  Monday, March 23, 2015

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

At their recent meeting in Syosset, New York, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) again delayed defrocking Canadian Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2   

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GA--New abuse suit filed vs. Catholic predator

For immediate release: Friday, March 20

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 new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against the Savannah Catholic diocese. It charges that a notorious serial predator – Fr. Wayland Brown – repeatedly assaulted a 13 year old boy in 1987-88 at St. James Catholic School in Savannah. The victim is represented by Savannah attorney Mark Tate, marktate@tatelawgroup.com, 912-484-1762   

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Scotland--Scottish Cardinal resigns

For immediate release: Friday, March 20

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)

Two full years after he admitted sexual misconduct, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned. But as it has done with dozens of abusive prelates, the Vatican is disclosing nothing about O’Brien’s wrongdoing.   

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NY--Victims applaud Monica Lewinsky speaking up

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19

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

Monica Lewinsky is increasingly discussing the shaming of victims of sexual exploitation, according to a new, long story in the New York Times. We’re grateful to her for her courage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/style/monica-lewinsky-is-back-but-this-time-its-on-her-terms.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news    

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