Media Statements

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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Rome--SNAP challenges papal panel to talk "procedures"

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)

The latest church abuse panel, meeting now in Rome, is to “come up with best practices for dioceses and religious orders to implement” (AP) and “propose ways for the church to improve its norms and procedures.” (Catholic News Service).

But if my house is filthy, I don’t need to learn “best cleaning practices.” I just need to start sweeping out the dirt.  

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CA--Group to Baptist church: Do outreach to other abuse victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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)

We applaud the brave person who is exposing child sex crimes at New Testament Baptist Church. When victims stay silent, predators keep hurting kids and colleagues keep hiding their crimes. But when we find the strength to seek justice in the secular courts, there’s at least a chance for healing, prevention and closure.

http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/pd-sacramento-choir-director-arrested-in-sexual-assault-of-minor/31096708   

 

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Canada--Orthodox archbishop’s appeal denied

For immediate release Thursday, February 5, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, Orthodox Christian Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The appellate court today announced that it has denied the appeal of convicted child molester Archbishop Seraphim Storheim. Storheim was for many years the highest ranking Orthodox Church in America (OCA) official in Canada. We are extremely grateful for this decision

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Former-archibishop-loses-appeal-heads-to--290963101.html   

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TX--Group wants Baptists to “reach out” to abuse victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

We applaud the brave young woman who is exposing those who committed and concealed child sex crimes at Arapaho Road Baptist Church in Garland. When victims stay silent, predators keep hurting kids and colleagues keep hiding their crimes. But when we find the strength to seek justice in the secular courts, there’s at least a chance for healing, prevention and closure.

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/02/victim-sues-garland-church-where-youth-pastors-were-convicted-of-child-pronography.html/   

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Rome--“Pope okays punishing kids but he won’t punish bishops”

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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)

Today, Pope Francis said it’s OK for parents to punish their kids, even physically. But the Holy Father won’t punish bishops who transfer and shield child molesting clerics.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2941307/The-Pope-says-fine-parents-smack-children-misbehaving.html  

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FL--Victims prod bishop to act re soon-to-be-freed predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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)

For the safety of children, Tampa’s Catholic bishop must take action about a soon-to-be-freed predator priest.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/romano-impending-freedom-for-priest-in-abuse-scandal-stuns-victims/2216431  

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MN--SNAP to Episcopalian school: Fire president now

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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

The head of an Episcopal school in Faribault should be fired. So too should any other school board or staff who helped conceal the crimes of a now-convicted teacher.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/shattuck-st-marys  

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RI--Child porn teacher was with 7 year olds in RI

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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 man now in prison for child sex crimes was quietly ousted by a Minnesota Episcopal school before he moved to Rhode Island where he taught seven year olds.  We’re both sad and worried that Rhode Island kids were put in harm’s way by callous, selfish Episcopal school staffers.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/shattuck-st-marys   

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Rome--Pope on abuse cover ups: “More talk, no action”

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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)

Again, a pope “talks the talk” on abuse while refusing to take even one real step toward “walking the walk.”

Today, Pope Francis told his staff not to conceal clergy sex crimes. Sadly, this will have no impact whatsoever.

History, psychology and common sense all confirm what every parent knows: People emulate action, not words.  

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Rome--Victims to church abuse panel: "Take practical action now"

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5  

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

The latest in a long series of Catholic abuse panels holds its first full meeting this week in Rome. We beg panel members to take at least one or two practical steps, right now, that make kids safer.

Why? Because kids are being hurt and crimes are being concealed now. And because taking one or two tangible steps that actually protect kids now will help give the panel some credibility and disillusioned Catholics some hope.    

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