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Victims blast Milwaukee Catholic officials

For immediate release: Monday, July 1

Keeping their secrets until the last possible day, Milwaukee’s archbishop finally released long-hidden records about heinous clergy sex crimes and cover ups today. He did so, however, while working hard to “spin” the documents, obscure the truth and deceive parishioners and the public about this on-going scandal.

We beg Catholics everywhere to carefully read these files. Kids are safer when cover ups are unveiled and understood. And the horrific truth is best understood when the actual writings and deeds of Catholic officials are studied, not when they are spun or summarized or sanitized by church public relations experts. We hope that Catholics and citizens will ignore the carefully crafted spin that Listecki continues to put out designed to minimize the inexcusable, recklessness, and callousness of dozens of his colleagues and supervisors.

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TX/MA- Texas denies Ex-MA predator priest's parole

For immediate release: June 28, 2013

Texas officials today denied parole to a convicted serial predator priest, Thomas Teczar.

Kids are safer with Teczar behind bars. Just because a predator is elderly doesn't mean he's less dangerous. And just becaues a predator claims he's ill doesn't mean he really is.

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TX/MA- predator priest seeks parole

We oppose parole for Fr. Thomas H. Teczar, who in 2009 was convicted of rape and sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. In addition to this conviction, there are documented accusations of Teczar sexually assaulting children for nearly 50 years.

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WI- Victims blast Milwaukee archbishop

For immediate release: Thursday, June 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

In a predictable move, Milwaukee’s archbishop posted a blog today in which he again tries to obscure the truth and deceive parishioners and the public about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

A centerpiece of Archbishop Jerome Listecki’s public relations effort is his claim that Catholic officials did “their best with what they knew at the time.” He suggests that it was largely ignorance that led Milwaukee church supervisors to ignore, minimize, hide and enable horrific crimes against children.

He’s wrong.

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MN- Predator priest to be extradited to US; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, June 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A dangerous predator priest is one step closer to being sent back to the US for trial. We are grateful for Indian court officials for their ruling today in the case of Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who molested girls in the Crookston MN diocese.

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NJ- Newark archbishop withholds records; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A prosecutor has disclosed that embattled Newark Archbishop John Myers is withholding documents about an admitted child molesting cleric, Fr. Michael Fugee.

Today’s The Record newspaper reports that “investigators still need to . . .secure more documents from the Newark Archdiocese that have not been turned over.” It quotes prosecutor John Molinelli.

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IL- Chicago predator priest released from prison; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

Norbert Maday, an ex-Chicago predator priest who was convicted in Wisconsin for molesting boys, will be released from prison in the next few weeks. We suspect he’ll move back to the Chicago area, and we call on Chicago Catholic officials to use their vast resources to warn families about him.

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Admitted predator priest still lives in a rectory, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25

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

Even now, an admitted and convicted Newark predator priest is living in an undisclosed rectory, Archbishop John Myers admitted in a newly published interview.

That’s outrageously reckless. Myers should immediately move Fr. Michael Fugee to a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center, far away from those he has hurt. 

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MO- Priest abuse trial starts

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Priest abuse trial starts

St. Louis cleric is accused in Colorado

He allegedly repeatedly molested boy

And he reportedly took child to get nipplies pierced

Prosecutors say priest gave booze, pot and cigarettes too

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Abuse victims blast Serena Williams' rape comment

Rape is an act of violence, not stupidity. And victims are never to blame for it, no matter how old they are, what they wear, where they are or what they're doing. What Ms. Williams said was stupid. What those rapists did was criminal.

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Dominica - Bishop caves to protesters; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 19

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We’re appalled by the recklessness of Dominica Catholic Bishop Malzaire in the case of Fr. Reginald Lafleur, an alleged child sex offender.

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Capuchins Fail Survivors, Again

Fr. John Celichowski of the Capuchins religious order said Tuesday "through much of our history as a province, we have failed victims and survivors.”

He's wrong.

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