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MI-- Abusive Catholic teacher pleads guilty

For immediate release: Thursday, May 21

Statement by SNAP leader Bill McAlary (616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a child molesting Catholic school teacher has pled guilty to more crimes and we hope she’ll get a very stiff sentence that keeps her away from kids for a long time.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/d8f4fbb6a272482eb6a69ef2ba45eaa1/MI--High-School-Teacher-Sex   

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WA--New Spokane bishop takes office

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)

Today, Spokane Catholics get a new bishop. We’re worried about how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

Thomas Anthony Daly has spent time in the San Francisco archdiocese (26 publicly accused predator priests) and the San Jose diocese (12 publicly accused predator priests). He was promoted to head a seminary by the highly controversial and secretive Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.      

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UK--Victims group responds to alarming abuse stats

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

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

Though the figures are alarming, we are deeply grateful that the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has disclosed that more than 1,400 prominent men are accused child sex abuse. Even more, we are deeply grateful to the hundreds of brave, wounded men, women and teenagers who have found the strength to break their silence and report their abuse. Their courage is making kids safer.    

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FL--Another FL predator priest is exposed

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

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

Yet another victim of clergy sex crimes charges that Miami Catholic officials quietly put a pedophile priest back on the job among unsuspecting families, according to a new lawsuit.

http://www.local10.com/news/lawsuit-filed-against-archdiocese-of-miami-in-sexual-assault-case/33122902   

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MN--SNAP blasts new archdiocesan PR man

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 20

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

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s new PR man may be worse than his old one. Tom Halden is choosing to “spin” for both complicit officials AND for predator priests too.   

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MN--Archbishop breaking church policy on accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 19

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

Another Twin Cities priest is accused of abuse and again, Catholic officials aren’t honoring their pledges.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/19/richfield-priest-on-leave-after-credible-abuse-allegations/  

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IL--Abuse settlements will "keep trickling in

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)       

Another abuse and cover-up lawsuit against Chicago Catholic official has been settled. 

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/615837/attorney-1-25m-settlement-sex-abuse-suit-archdiocese-ex-priest-daniel-mccormack    

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WA--Group praises victim in new abuse settlement

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP, 314 566 9790SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Another brave adult has forced Catholic officials to admit wrongdoing in a child sex abuse and cover up case. Though we're very saddened by her suffering, we are also deeply proud of and grateful to Jerri Hubbard for having the courage to disclose her pain and expose church wrongdoers.
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PA--Ex Pittsburgh Catholic cleric sentenced for sex crimes

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com

A Catholic cleric, who worked in Pittsburgh, has been convicted in Australia of a string of sex offenses.

He is Marianist Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman who taught for more than a decade (1986-97) at former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. His church supervisors learned of Australian allegations in 1997 and sent him for treatment and reassigned to ministry.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/05/18/catholic-brother-australia-abuse/27518789/   

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IL--Four charged in Catholic School bullying case

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

(312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

We're glad that four boys are being charged in a bullying case at a Chicago Catholic school. But we're disturbed that for more than a month, no one reported the alleged crime to police.

http://www.wlsam.com/2015/05/18/update-4-teens-charged-with-attempted-sex-assault-in-st-francis-de-sales-locker-room/  

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MA--700 Sundays in a row, Boston clergy abuse vigil happens

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, davidgcohessy@gmail.com

This Sunday marks the 700th consecutive vigil held outside the Cathedral in Boston by an amazing group of caring individuals.

That’s no typo. They’ve been out there for 700 Sundays in a row.  

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WI--Milwaukee Federal judge Lynn Adelman offers to mediate church bankruptcy

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee) 414.429.7259

Survivors of rape and sexual assault by clergy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee today are grateful that Milwaukee Federal Judge Lynn Adelman, in an unusual impromptu hearing today, has directly offered to mediate the deteriorating four year old Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy case involving some 575 victim cases.     

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