Media Statements

IL--Victims to Joliet Catholic officials: “More to be done”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 15

Statement by Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860, keight@sbcglobal.net)

Now that Joliet Catholic officials have settled more child sex abuse and cover up cases – involving five priests, 14 victims and $4.137 million – the question is “What will Joliet’s bishops do now to protect kids from and help other victims of the 39 publicly accused predator priests in this relatively small diocese?”   

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CA -- Victims blast ruling reducing church abuse award

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14

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 largest jury award ever in a church child sex abuse and cover up case has been reduced by an appeals court. This is a heart-breaking ruling that will mean more children will be sexually assaulted, more predators will go undetected and more employers will act more recklessly, callously and deceitfully.

http://www.revealnews.org/article/california-court-guts-child-abuse-ruling-against-jehovahs-witnesses/

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CA--Victims blast Archdiocese’s move to “clear” accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Quietly and with little explanation, LA Catholic officials have reversed themselves on a twice-accused predator priest. That priest has now been put back to work. This is incredibly reckless.

http://www.kuam.com/story/28794438/2015/04/14/archdiocese-reinstates-priest-following-la-investigation   

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MS--Predator priest worked in MS; Victims urge outreach

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 Catholic priest who worked in Mississippi is the subject of a recently-filed child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit in Texas. We call on Mississippi’s two bishops to aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by the child molesting cleric.  

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2015/03/fort_worth_sex_abuse_claim.php   

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Rome--Victims to Pope: No "face-saving" on Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Saturday, April 11

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

We beg Francis – again - to both discipline Chilean Bishop Juan Barros Madrid and do so quickly and clearly without the familiar and disingenuous kinds of maneuvers and denials that Catholic officials make in a frustrating and hurtful "face saving" way.  

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Rome--Victims encouraged by O’Malley mtg re Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

We’re encouraged that four abuse victims will meet this weekend with Cardinal Sean O’Malley about Pope Francis’ irresponsible appointment of a corrupt Chilean bishop.

But every single member of the pontiff’s commission should be shouting from the rooftops about this callous and hurtful appointment that will only discourage other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from exposing clergy who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/vatican-abuse-commission-members-hope-meet-francis-about-chilean-bishop           

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PA--Victims seek more action re accused PA priest

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

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’re disappointed that Fr. Andrew McCormick won’t be retried. But we hope that others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will now speak out. And we urge Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput to use his vast resources to reach out to any other victims, witnesses or whistleblowers who may have knowledge or suspicions about possible wrongdoing by Fr. McCormick.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150411_After_two_hung_juries__priest_accused_of_sexually_assaulting_boy_will_not_be_retried.html   

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PA -- Group seeks victims of ex-western PA minister

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.comdavidgclohessy@gmail.com

Pastor sentenced for child sex abuse

Prosecutor says he was in Mercer County PA

Group seeks “victims, witnesses & whistleblowers

It urges “anyone with info” to “speak up & get help

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MN--Victims challenge Winona priests re 2 new predators

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

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

Two more names of Minnesota predator priests have been made public. We challenge every priest in the Winona diocese to mention their names at masses this weekend and beg anyone who has been hurt by the clerics to come forward and get help.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1965/News-Release-Two-Priest-Added-to-Diocese-of-Winona-List.aspx   

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PA--Victims praise Sue Paterno for generous prevention work

For immediate release: Friday, April 10

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 commend Sue Paterno for funding an abuse program in Pennsylvania universities. We urge others in the Penn State community to follow her lead and donate to efforts that help prevent and detect child sex crimes.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2015/04/10/Paterno-family-has-key-role-in-sex-abuse-prevention-effort/stories/201504100139  

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MN--Victims “disappointed” church court delay

For immediate release: Thursday, April 9

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

We’re disappointed that Catholic officials are already seeking to delay the bankruptcy process.

http://www.startribune.com/local/299198381.html  

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PA--Victims blast Penn State trustee

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 9

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 Penn State trustee criticized Jerry Sandusky’s victims today as the university settled at least one more child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit.

Penn State "has been targeted very, very much by those who would take advantage of who we are," Robert Jubelirer said. "We need to put a stop to the spigot that has been turned on, and actually fight back and stand up for the university."

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/04/penn_state_board_acts_to_settl.html  

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