Media Statements

MN--Twin Cities archbishop does “cram down” plan; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We hope a Minnesota judge rejects the arrogant, stingy “cram down” plan put forth today by Twin Cities Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/twin-cities-archdiocese-abuse-victims-at-odds-over-bankruptcy-plan-1464299751

It’s what we see time and time again: arrogant Catholic officials masquerading as ‘caring’ but insisting it’s ‘my way or the highway.’

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PA--Victims to hold support group in Ebensburg PA

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

For more information: Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com


Support group to be held for clergy abuse victims 

The self-help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in the Ebensburg areaTuesday night. 

The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The meeting will be Tuesday, May  31st  from  7:00  to  9:00  p.m. at the Cottage Restaurant (private meeting room) 4554 Admiral Peary Hwy. Ebensburg, Pa. 

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NY--Victims: “Cardinal must act in twice-accused predator case”

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

New York Cardinal Tim Dolan should harshly, publicly and immediately denounce his Long Island colleague who is endangering kids by keeping a twice-accused predator priest on the job.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/long-island-diocese-won-boot-alleged-pervert-priest-article-1.2650288

Dolan, as the “metropolitan” bishop over all of New York, has a duty to speak up loudly and clearly when church officials anywhere in New York jeopardize the safety of youngsters. That’s what’s happening now in the Rockville Centre diocese under Bishop William Murphy with Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn.

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GA--Victims want Catholic official fired in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

Atlanta Catholics and Holy Spirit Preparatory families deserve more information about allegations against Fr. Thomas Aloysius Flynn of the controversial Legion of Christ religious order. And Archbishop Wilton Gregory and the school’s board should fire the headmaster who refused to call police about suspected child sexual abuse.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/32066084/catholic-school-priest-fired-but-no-charges-filed-after-alleged-abuse

Headmaster Kyle Pietrantonio allegedly followed church protocol. But he didn’t call 911. No matter what one’s employer requires in such cases, every caring adult should immediately call police when child sex crimes are reported or suspected.

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IL--Archbishop keeps secret about “new facts” about admitted predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Chicago’s top Catholic official refuses to tell police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents or the public about “new facts” he says his staff have uncovered about an admitted predator priest. That’s reckless and wrong.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-priest-barred-from-ministry-met-20160525-story.html

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NJ--SNAP: Archbishop must act on indicted priest

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

An admitted New Jersey predator priest has been indicted and now Newark Archbishop John Myers must act. So too must three other prelates who let this child molesting cleric in their dioceses.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/ex-priest_indicted_in_alleged_sexual_assault_of_15.html

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NJ--Victims urge investigation into judge, DA, & NJ ministers

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We urge the New Jersey bar to investigate whether a prosecutor or a judge acted improperly in a troubling child sex abuse case involving a fugitive minister. And we urge law enforcement to investigate whether witnesses or church officials did the same.

https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/page/the_search_for_preacher_gregorio_martinez.html

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MN--Victims respond to charges of archdiocesan financial deceit

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

One simple question cuts through the allegations that St. Paul Catholic officials are hiding substantial church assets: If they’ll deceive people about predator priests, why wouldn’t they deceive people about their massive wealth?

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

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FL--Orlando massage therapist is “restricted;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

Orlando massage therapist is “restricted

He’s twice-accused of sexual misconduct

Group applauds state Health Dept. action

It urges “others in pain” to “come forward

SNAP: “We’re convinced he’s hurt more women

An Orlando massage therapist has been restricted by an emergency order from The Florida Department of Health because they say he “presents an immediate, serious danger to the public health, safety, or welfare.”   

https://www.pathtojustice.com/florida-department-health-issues-emergency-order-restricting-massage-therapy-license/

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OR--Victims want church officials prosecuted in abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

For two years, several Portland area church officials refused to call 911 about suspected child sex crimes. They should be prosecuted and jailed for as long as possible. To deter such callousness and recklessness, their selfishness should be punished as severely as possible.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/05/young_girl_got_herpes_after_mc.html

 

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PA--Archbishop manipulates parishioners in political ad

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Philadelphia’s top Catholic official plans to use parishioners in a political ad in a battle to reform Pennsylvania’s predator-friendly child sex abuse laws. Shame on him and on every church staffer and member who’s cooperating in this deceitful effort.

This Friday, May 27th, from 6:30-8:30PM at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, archdiocesan officials will give a “short presentation on House Bill 1947” followed by “audience participation in filming a short commercial on this issue.”  (See email from church official below)

The measure would temporarily lift the state’s arbitrary and archaic statute of limitations, enabling victims to expose those who committed and are concealing child sex crimes.  

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USA--Bishops promote complacency when they should be promoting vigilance

For immediate release: Friday, May 20, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Year after year, bishops issue the same flawed, deceptive self-survey trying to promote complacency when they should be promoting vigilance.

Under intense public pressure 14 years ago, US bishops adopted a weak, vague abuse policy. Bishops ‘comply’ with these self-serving steps of course because their insurers, defense lawyers and public relations experts insist that they do.

And even then, they often give only the appearance of compliance.

For example, at least ten admitted, proven or credibly accused pedophile priests remain on the job in the US today.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/usa_accused_predator_priests_still_on_the_job

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