Media Statements

VA--VA lawmakers make progress on campus rape bill

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A bill mandating the reporting of alleged campus sexual assaults to police is moving ahead in the Virginia legislature. But it’s a tiny step forward.

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/26/va-senate-panel-oks-mandatory-campus-sex-assault-reporting/22347591/   

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IA--Group blasts IA bishop for helping predator but ignoring victims

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Des Moines’ Catholic bishop is urging victims of a predator priest to call church officials. That’s wrong. And it’s disturbing to see how well the bishop cares for the needs of the offender while largely ignoring his victims.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2015/01/26/iowa-pastor-asked-pope-priesthood-removal/22374581/   

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NYC's Cardinal Dolan disses NYC & NYT

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan is urging Catholics to not let “outside distractions” likes “polls, rap music, and newspaper editorial pages, especially the New York Times" to influence their decisions.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/07_08/2012_07_22_Martin_AbuseProbe.htm  

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IL- Presbyterian and Catholic officials hide child sex allegations

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 22
Statement Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860keight@sbcglobal.net)
Chicago’s top Catholic and Presbyterian officials are acting like cold-hearted CEOs, not spiritual shepherds, when it comes to the crimes of a serial child molesting cleric.
Seven new accusers have filed civil suits that include as defendants the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese and the Chicago Presbytery. These two religious institutions must take action now to aggressively find and help every single person who may have been sexually assaulted by Rev. Douglas Mason. (Mason reportedly sexually violated kids at Presbyterian churches and at St. Gregory the Great High School.)
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IA--Victims to bishop: do more about predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21

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

An Iowa man has been deemed too dangerous to be a Catholic priest and has been formally expelled by the Vatican. But no one seems to know where he is. Des Moines’ bishop must do more to protect children from him and warm others about him.   

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OH--Convicted serial predator priest wants out of jail

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

The latest legal moved by a convicted pedophile priest shows why every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes must speak up.    

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Rome--Pope 'tinkers with tail end' of crisis

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21

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)

Like virtually every other Catholic official, Francis pretends that internal tinkering with church policies will really help prevent abuse. It won’t.

Like virtually every other Catholic official, Francis treats this scandal as an internal matter. It’s not.  

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NY--New lawsuit says accused predator priest is in Long Island parish now

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 20,

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

A new civil lawsuit charges that Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy is keeping a priest on the job in a parish despite a credible report that the priest sexually assaulted a girl.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1947/Fr-Gregory-Yacyshyn-Rockville-Centre-Diocese-Named-in-Civil-Lawsuit.aspx  

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PA--Victims blast Paterno billboards

Victims blast new Paterno billboards

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

New billboards praising Joe Paterno and blasting the NCAA’s Mark Emmert have been erected. They’re the latest in a long string of callous, misguided moves by people who apparently value a coach’s reputation more than children’s safety or victims’ pain.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/01/409_billboards_celebrate_penn.html   

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MN--New Ulm bishop refuses to disclose abusive clergy

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 20

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

Why is New Ulm the only Minnesota diocese still refusing to disclose names of predator priests? Because for six key years (2001-2007), when the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis exploded into an international scandal, John Nienstedt headed that diocese.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1946/Media-Advisory-Public-Nuisance-Hearing-Today-Involving-New-Ulm-Diocese-.aspx  

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Rome--Pope will speak at United Nations

Pope will speak @ United Nations; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 19

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

Pope Francis confirmed today that he'll speak to the United Nations in NYC later this year.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/nationworld/7/71/303404/pope-francis-will-visit-washington-new-york-addition-philadelphia-reports   

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PA--Punish Penn State hockey team

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Penn State’s hockey team, both students and staff, should be punished for their callousness. (Players sported “409” stickers on their helmets at their most recent game.)

http://www.si.com/college-football/2015/01/19/penn-state-sandy-barbour-hockey-team-joe-paterno-409-inappropriate  

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