Media Statements

Canada--New claim by convicted archbishop

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30

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 convicted child molesting cleric – once Canada’s top Orthodox church official – now claims he has new evidence that might have exonerated. We’re highly skeptical of this claim by Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1644953/former-archbishops-lawyer-cites-new-evidence-in-sex-assault-case/   

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FL--Victims group blasts FL Muslim school

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

It’s heartbreaking that officials at a Muslim school kept silent for months about credible child sex abuse allegations. And now, with the accused predator a fugitive from justice, it’s outrageous that school officials are apparently making little or no effort to protect other kids, help law enforcement and adequately inform parents about the alleged sex offender. We urge parents to unite and pressure school officials to do more to protect kids.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/10/tariq_ahmad_teacher_accused_of_raping_students_at_islamic_private_school_previously_worked_for_browa.php  

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KY--Convicted pedophile priest wants out of prison

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 29

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're worried, but not surprised, that Fr. Shook, a convicted child molester, wants to be released from prison. We hope he fails in this premature effort.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/27154420/rev-james-schook-asking-to-be-released-six-months-into-15-year-prison-sentence   

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MO--Child sex abuse victims back Amendment 2

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 29

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

On Tuesday, we urge Missouri voters to pass Amendment 2 which will help protect kids by enabling law enforcement to catch and convict more child molesters at little or no cost whatsoever to taxpayers. It’s rare when a relatively small rule change can dramatically improve kids’ safety, but this is one instance in which that’s possible.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/editorial-amendment-offers-special-help-for-child-abuse-victims/article_25eadca0-0cff-5316-9697-89edff37d6c9.html   

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WA--Spokane bishop quietly suspends accused priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30

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

Weeks ago, Spokane’s top Catholic official quietly suspended a credibly accused predator priest. But Bishop Blasé Cupich notified only his flock, not the public. He refused to disclose when the allegations surfaced. He urged other victims to call church officials, not secular authorities. And he made no mention of possible criminal prosecution or of the need for Catholics and citizens to share what they know about the priest with law enforcement. This is disturbing and reckless.

http://www.dioceseofspokane.org/communications/ir_2014/ir101614/wetzler-remove.htm  

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NV--Child sex case vs. Fernley priest settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003

Child sex abuse and cover up case against Reno priest settles

Victims prod Catholic officials to alert the public & parishioners

Group to bishop: “Reach out to others who may have seen or suffered crimes

A child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a Fernley priest has settled. Now, a support group wants Reno Catholic officials to “warn parishioners, parents, police and the public” about the cleric and insist that he live “in a remote, secure, independent treatment center.”  

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PA--Penn State trustees won't revisit Freeh report

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 28

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 applaud Penn State’s trustees for refusing to revisit the Freeh report. This is a step toward healing and away from unhealthy defensiveness.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/10/28/Penn-State-board-of-trustees-meeting-Louis-Freeh-report/stories/201410280151   

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OH--Three predator priests are defrocked

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 28

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

Decades too late, three Cincy area predator priests have been defrocked. This is a tiny, long-overdue step that is more about protecting church officials than innocent kids.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/vatican-defrocks-3-archdiocese-of-cincinnati-priests-accused-of-harming-children   

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MN--New records show "dangerous situation"

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 27

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP’s Twin Cities director

Newly released Twin Cities Catholic church records show that, as of 2012, a convicted predator priest

--lives alone,

--has discontinued therapy,

--admits he’s still attracted to boys,

--works as a consultant for Catholic religious orders,

--is no longer required, by Catholic officials, to attend therapy,

--can travel anywhere without asking permission from his church supervisors or letting them know &

--knows of two or three of his victims who apparently have not yet come forward.  

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Choi should file perjury charges vs. Nienstedt, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth, Twin Cities SNAP director (952-334-5180,frankameuers@gmail.com

For the second time in six months, evidence has surfaced showing that Archbishop John Nienstedt “gave a false statement under oath,” according to Minnesota Public Radio.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/documents_contradict_nienstedt_testimony_on_priest_s_sexual_assault

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Rome--Pope to “investigate” scandal-ridden Italian diocese

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

Again, Pope Francis says he’s sending an “investigator” into a scandal-ridden diocese. This is not an effective approach.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/11183773/Pope-Francis-to-investigate-playboy-priests-who-posed-naked-online-in-scandal-hit-disocese.html

Despite making nice promises on abuse, Francis has yet to defrock, demote, discipline or even clearly denounce a single Catholic employee anywhere for refusing to call police or prosecutors about known or suspected child sex crimes. Not one.   

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MN--New disclosures aren’t enough

For immediate release: Thursday, October 23

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)  

We are glad the names of four newly "outed" predator priests are surfacing today, especially because three of them are likely living among unsuspecting neighbors in Massachusetts, and Arizona and Forest Lake, MN. (Fr. Donald Drummer, Fr. Robert P. Clark and Fr. John Owens, respectively). But police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents and the public need and deserve to know where and when these priests assaulted children. Archbishop Neinstedt must be more forthcoming if kids are to be better protected and victims are to be better supported.  

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