Media Statements

Switzerland--Victims blast Swiss church abuse program

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

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

We are deeply skeptical of Catholic church abuse victim pay out plans like the one just adopted by Swiss bishops.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reparations_victims--fund-available-to-catholic-church-abuse-victims/42730666

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Canada--Accused priest is allegedly “cleared” by police; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 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 are disappointed but not surprised that a criminal investigation into an accused predator priest has ended without formal charges. We doubt, however, that he has “convinced police he’s innocent.” (We suspect police simply lack adequate proof to move forward, which of course does NOT mean the accused is innocent.)

And we’re highly skeptical of Catholic officials that they’ll do some kind of “internal investigation” into the cleric. In our experience, such probes are usually “whitewashes” done largely for public relations purposes.

http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7003292-peterborough-priest-cleared-of-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct-diocese/

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MD--Victims blast 2 new Baltimore promotions

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 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 are disappointed that Pope Francis has promoted two Baltimore Catholic officials to become assistant bishops. We would be more optimistic had he chosen clerics from outside the archdiocese and especially had he elevated priests who’ve shown some leadership in ensuring the safety of children.

http://www.catholicreview.org/article/news/pope-francis-appoints-two-auxiliary-bishops-for-baltimore-monsignors-mark-brennan-and-adam-parker

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IA--Victims urge outreach in accused priest case

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 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)

A trial has ended and a judge is pondering the fate of an accused sex offender priest. Now is not the time for complacency. We beg Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates, his staff, and all church staff and parishioners to aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Paul Monahan – or might have information disproving the allegations, who worked at seven locations throughout the state.

http://blog.dmdiocese.org/posts/diocese-awaits-verdict.cfm

Now more than ever, it’s crucial that those who may have seen, suspected or suffered any of this cleric’s crimes or misdeeds come forward to police.

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NJ--Vatican put credibly accused predator on the job

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 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 the second time in days, Vatican officials have been caught endangering kids by putting or keeping credibly accused child molesters on the job, this time in Newark, New Jersey. In this alarming case, Newark’s abuse panel – made up mostly of lay people – and perhaps a dozen or more current and former Newark priests are implicated too, because they knew about glaring recklessness and kept silent about it.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/12/priest_in_child_porn_case_had_prior_sex_abuse_alle.html

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Vatican--SNAP: Pope’s inaction enables predator priest to strike again

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 1, 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)

The recklessness of Vatican officials, including Pope Francis, has evidently enabled a predator priest to sexually assault more kids by just moving elsewhere. This increasingly well-documented trend – more and more child molesting clerics simply going abroad in search of fresh victims – is one of the most troubling and virtually unaddressed aspects of the church’s child sex abuse and cover up crisis. It’s also breathtakingly irresponsible.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/victim-advocates-pope-told-of-priest-arrested-in-argentina/2016/12/01/65809e60-b7f8-11e6-939c-91749443c5e5_story.html?utm_term=.31de4ef5d5de

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CA--Victims blast bishop for putting accused priest back to work

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 1, 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 are deeply troubled that Stockton Catholic officials are putting a suspended, accused predator priest back on the job. This is a very reckless and callous move.

After a year of being suspended, Bishop Stephen Blaire is restoring Fr. Editho Mascardo to ministry. Blaire has been very secretive about the accusations from the outset. He claims his hand-picked abuse panel “did not conclude that sexual abuse occurred.”

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MI--Victims applaud abuse vote but want to see more

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 1, 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 are glad that a child sex reform bill is moving forward but Michigan lawmakers can and should do much more that extend the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations.

http://www.themorningsun.com/government-and-politics/20161130/bill-to-nix-statute-of-limitations-from-child-sex-abuse-cases-okd-by-senate-panel

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PA--Victims applaud “huge win” in Penn State whistleblower case

For immediate release, December 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re thrilled that jurors sided with ex-Penn State coach Mike McQueary who reported child sex crimes by Jerry Sandusky. We suspect that many across the US who’ve kept silent about suspected sexual violence are now sweating a bit. We hope that many of them will realize “better late than never,” bite the bullet, and call 911 in the days ahead to share what they know or suspect about likely crimes so kids will be safer.

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-award-for-penn-state-whistleblower-in-sandusky-scandal-rises-to-12-million-2016-11

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FL--Victims respond to alleged arson in Tampa

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 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

Shame on both the person who allegedly torched a Tampa area home and on Matthew Smith who reportedly often “posts memes mocking sex assault accusations” against Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner.

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/florida-veteran-seeks-donations-after-home-set-on-fire-and-tagged-with-anti-trump-slogans/

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PA--Victims respond to “self-serving” abuse apology

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 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)

Today, the former head of the Pittsburgh Catholic diocese has written another page in his long, shrewd and depressingly semi-successful campaign to pose as a “reformer” on the church abuse and cover up crisis with his self-serving apology to a brave abuse survivor.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/11/30/Cardinal-Wuerl-apologizes-to-Pittsburgh-victim-of-abuse-by-priest/stories/201611220160

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KY--Victims applaud conviction of KY predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Victims group applauds conviction of predator priest

For 30 years, cleric headed a camp for children in Kentucky

SNAP: “We suspect there are other witnesses, whistleblowers & victims

Staying “trapped in silence” helps no one, victims say, & “endangers kids,” group stresses

Others who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse” should “come forward” with info, victims plead

A Louisville priest who was accused of molesting two children and spent 30 years running a camp for kids has been found guilty in his first trial.  He still awaits a second trial by a second alleged victim after the judge ruled to split the cases, even though both men say they were abused at the same camp. A support group for victims is praising those who helped prosecute the priest and begging others who “may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes or church cover ups” to come forward.

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