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KC - Teeman case settles, SNAP responds

We believe that church officials agreed to settle this case because proof of the cover-up of these horrific crimes would have been made public during the course of this trial. We are grateful to the Teeman family for their courage and for putting aside their pain in order to protect others. 

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CA - Judge rules against predator priest, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 3

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 are grateful that a judge ruled today against a predator priest who claimed his abuse admission should not be heard as evidence in a criminal case.

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Austria - Victims applaud conviction of Austrian predator priest

For immediate release Wednesday, July 3

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 314-862-7688

An Austrian court has charged Alfons August Mandorfer, a Catholic priest from Kremsmuenster, Austria, with sexually and physically abusing dozens of boys and has sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

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CO- Woman sues Denver priest for sexual assault

For immediate release Wednesday, July 3

Our hearts ache for this brave woman who in her grief over the death of a close friend sought help from Fr. Jose Saenz. Instead of comforting her and helping her to cope Saenz sexually assaulted her. Catholic priests hold themselves out as counselors and spiritual leaders, encouraging Catholics to come to them for guidance. Saenz had both a moral and a civil obligation to protect this vulnerable woman.

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IL- District & alleged victim await ruling

District & alleged victim await ruling

It involves child sex case against teacher & others

Federal judge will soon toss it out or let it proceed

Support group urges “anyone” with information or suspicions to “speak up now”

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OH- Ohio priest says abuse charges filed too late, SNAP responds

A Cincinnati priest is pleading not guilty to abusing a 10-year-old boy and is seeking to exploit a legal technicality, claiming that the charges against him have been filed too late.

Fr. Robert Poandl is accused of molesting a boy in 1991. He belongs to a religious order called the Glenmary Home Missioners

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MO- Trial of St. Louis predator priest may end today

In its second week, case might go to jury this afternoon.

A St. Louis priest who worked here until 2007 in three parishes is on trial in Colorado for allegedly molesting a boy after giving him liquor, drugs, cigarettes and expensive gifts. The case may to go to the jury later today.

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WI - Dolan 2007 letter to Vatican is “smoking gun” proving he committed federal bankruptcy fraud, victims say

New York Cardinal conspired with Vatican while in Milwaukee to transfer nearly $57 million into new corporation for the “protection” of funds “from any legal claim and liability”

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Damning Cardinal Dolan letter is released; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, July 1

A letter released today proves that Cardinal Timothy Dolan deliberately and deceptively shifted millions of dollars into a fund so it would be protected from clergy sex abuse lawsuits and settlements.


In 2007, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Dolan wrote that moving $57 million in church funds will provide "improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.

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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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