CA- Pastor deemed guilty of abuse by jury gets a new post, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, July 11, 2014

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

A California priest, found guilty of child sexual abuse by a jury, is being promoted. We are deeply concerned about this move and urge Catholic officials to reconsider. 

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OH- Rescind honors for 2 Toledo priests, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, July 11, 2014

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti 419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com

We want to express our sympathy first for those hurt by Fr. Gerald Robinson, especially Sr. Pahl's family. They deserve respect. They should not have had to experience the pain they felt this past week.

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Canada- Victims win landmark lawsuit

For immediate release: Thursday, July 10, 2014 

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

A group of victims who suffered abuse at a Catholic school in Quebec have won their unprecedented lawsuit. We are grateful to the brave victims who came forward and demanded truth and justice.

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OH- Nephew of murdered nun speaks about priest's funeral

For immediate release: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Statement Lee Pahl, nephew of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, who was murdered by Fr. Gerald Robinson

I don't understand why the Catholic Church covered up Sister Margaret Ann's murder in 1980. I don't understand why the Catholic Church has covered up thousands of sexual abuse cases by priests and others. I don't understand why the Catholic Church would not defrock a priest convicted of murder or why they would give him an honorary funeral.

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KY- Church should be "shunned," victims say

For immediate release: Thursday, July 10, 2014 

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

A Kentucky pastor, who is also a registered violent sex offender, has been arrested again, this time for recent child sex crimes. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and we demand answers about how a registered sex offender was allowed to work as a pastor.

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OH- On Friday, murderer/priest to get “full honors” funeral

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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)

Toledo Catholic officials are not relenting. They have announced that on Friday they will give a funeral with “fully priestly honors” to a murderer, even as a third national organization has criticized them for the move.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2014/07/09/Funeral-arrangements-announced-for-Robinson.html

We are grateful there's still time for church employees and members to object to this stunningly heartless act. We hope they will.  

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MO- More new revelations; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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

More newly-released Catholic Church records show that St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson hid clergy sex crimes when he worked in Minnesota.

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Canada- Orthodox archbishop is sentenced, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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

A Canadian archbishop, who was found guilty of child sexual abuse in criminal court in January, was sentenced today to eight months in jail. 

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LA- Unusual court ruling on confession, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, July 7, 2014 

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

The Louisiana Supreme Court may compel a Catholic priest to testify in court about an alleged confession in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit.

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NY- Priest charged with child porn misses court, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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)

A New York priest, who was scheduled for a plea deal today in his child pornography case, did not appear before the judge. We hope this case does not have any delays and if the priest gets a plea deal that it is harsh and protects innocent children. 

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FL- Predator pastor speaks out, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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

A convicted sex offender minister is using his charisma to garner sympathy and trust from the community. We hope he fails. 

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MO- New ruling: Twice-accused priest heads toward trial

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris (314) 503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Pedophile priest is subject of hearing

He's been arrested twice & faces a civil suit

Cleric has moved with and lived with archbishop

On the same day that St. Louis Catholic officials dodged a potentially embarrassing civil child sex abuse trial, a judge green-lighted a similar trial against a different priest.

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