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PA--Victims oppose Congressional Penn State hearings

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

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

We firmly oppose the notion of Congressional hearings into how the NCAAA dealt with Penn State over the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky scandal. This request, by Pennsylvania politician Jake Corman, seems like more posturing for Penn State fans who refuse to accept the reality that a fine football coach did not call police about child sex abuse suspicions.

http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/latest-news/id=1202717631149/Corman-Releases-Discovery-Docs-in-NCAA-Suit?mcode=1395262324557&curindex=0  

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MN--Victims want more "aggressiveness, creativity" by prosecutor

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11

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

When it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups, John Choi has been no ‘profile in courage.’ So we’re saddened but not surprised by news that he won’t prosecute two predator priests.

http://www.startribune.com/local/east/291558921.html   

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AZ--Newly-disclosed predator priest is now in Arizona

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11

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 just “outed” predator priest who reportedly molested at least one child in Minnesota is now living in Phoenix, according to Catholic officials.

http://safe-environment.archspm.org/accountability/clergy-disclosures/james-robert-murphy/   

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Rome--Pope spends WAY more time on bureaucracy than safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

This week, “hundreds of the church prelates gather in Rome to discuss reform of the church's central bureaucracy,” according to the National Catholic Reporter.

Last week, 17 people, mostly volunteers, gathered in Rome to discuss reform of the church's abuse procedures.

Interesting disparity.  

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GA -- SNAP exposes 6 GA predator priests & backs SOL reform

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 10

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)

In just less than an hour, using simple “Google” searches, we’ve found six predator priests who’ve been in Atlanta but have never been exposed here as credibly accused child molesters. We suspect there are many more of them still “beneath the radar.” We also suspect that some of them have hurt kids here in Georgia and one or more of them may still be here, posing current threats to unsuspecting families, neighbors and co-workers.

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Victims urge Congress to act before papal visit

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

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

In September, Pope Francis will address the US Congress, a body that has refused, over decades, to take a single action to investigate or expose clergy sex abuse and cover up by Catholic priests, bishops, nuns, seminarians and brothers.

Abroad, a number of national or regional governments have conducted investigations and issued reports about this continuing crisis, including Ireland, Australia, Canada and Belgium.

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CA -- LA Archdiocese hides death of notorious predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Sex abuse victims blast archbishop

He hid death of notorious LA predator priest

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop for keeping the death of a notorious serial predator priest secret for months.

 

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MO -- A reality check about bishops and “accountability”

Statement by David Clohessy  Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,
Phone: (314) 566-9790,   E-mail: davidgclohessy@gmail.com

I hate to see hopes raised and then dashed. So at the risk of being the skunk at the garden party, let me make two points about the possibility of “new” church “processes” that allegedly will “ensure accountability” by complicit bishops.

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CA -- "Bishop of Bling” gets another job

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 9

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

A controversial German bishop who was quickly ousted by Pope Francis because of his ostentatious spending now has a new church job.

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CA -- Manhattan Beach priest accused of abuse - Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director, jcasteix@gmail.com, (949) 322-7434 cell

We were saddened to hear of the harm caused by Los Angeles priest, Fr. Nicholas Assi, who has been accused of “inappropriate conduct” by an adult woman at American Martyrs Parish in Manhattan Beach.  We applaud this brave woman for reporting to law enforcement, because we understand how difficult it is to report abuse to the police.

 

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NY -- Cardinal O'Malley Calls for 'Compliance' not Enforcement

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley claims a church panel will recommend "methods for measuring compliance" with abuse policies. That’s unnecessary and virtually impossible.

It’s unnecessary because church abuse policies don’t impact church abuse practices. No matter what’s written on paper, in reality, every bishop deals with abuse in whatever way is most convenient and safe for him. That may sound harsh. But that’s what we continue to see after 25 years of work on this crisis.

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MO--Victims praise authorities in fake kidnapping case

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 6

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)

There’s an encouraging aspect of the horrific Troy fake kidnapping case that’s worth noting: the system worked.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/family-arrested-in-fake-kidnapping-plot-to-teach--year/article_83691380-bf3c-58de-8792-ebbb210ee0ea.html    

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