Media Statements

SPAIN- Most Spanish abuse charges dropped, Victims respond

For immediate release Monday January 16, 2015

Statement by Miguel Hurtado Calvo of London (UK), Spokesperson of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael.uk.1982@gmail.com)

It’s heartbreaking that nearly all of the criminal charges against a dozen suspects in a Spanish clergy sex abuse and cover up case have been dropped.

The ten priests and two laymen who allegedly committed or concealed heinous child sex crimes must still be regarded as dangerous. We feel deeply sad for the courageous victims who reported these crimes to law enforcement. They will no doubt feel devastated by this tragic news.

https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/spanish-court-drops-charges-against-11-suspects-priest-145127015.html

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PA--Victims blast Archbishop for “continued secrecy”

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com

Could Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput possibly be more vague about the latest priest he’s suspended?

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20150216_Phila__Archdiocese_puts_priest_on_administrative_leave.html

http://archphila.org/press%20releases/pr002509.php   

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Rome--More diversity in church hierarchy may endanger kids

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 14

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

On Sunday, the hierarchy of the Catholic church becomes more inclusive than ever as prelates are promoted from several new nations. For the safety of kids, this could be problematic.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/02/13/pope-francis-is-poised-to-change-catholicism-forever/   

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WV--Victims praise police in prostitution sting

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 13

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 )

There’s an important lesson in the Charleston prostitution arrests: no person’s title, role or job description automatically guarantees that he or she is above reproach or the law. Anyone -  priest, minister, politician, or educator – can be guilty of sex offenses.

http://wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/Suspects-In-Prostitution-Sting-Include-Superintendent-Minister-78236.shtml#.VN5i1vnF_Mi  

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NM--Victims blast NM bishop for delays and omissions

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 13

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)

When it comes to kids’ safety, there’s no excuse for incomplete or inaccurate information, especially when the potential threat involves alleged clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

 

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Rome--In 2 sentences, here’s why SNAP is so skeptical

For immediate release:  Friday, Feb. 13

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414 429 7259, peterisely@yahoo.com)

Last week, Boston Cardinal O’Malley said the church needs new guidelines to discipline bishops who conceal abuse. He told journalists in Rome “When you don’t have a clear path to respond in cases of sexual abuse, people tend to improvise. And when they improvise, they make many mistakes.”   

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SC--Victims hope SC predator's death will bring healing

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 13

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 Baptist preacher who was accused of molesting kids and ran a controversial South Carolina childrens' home has passed away.

Mack Ford opened and operated childrens homes in Louisiana and in Waltersboro, SC. He allegedly assaulted girls in Louisiana.   

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LA--Victims hope predator’s death will bring healing

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12

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 hope the death of Mack Ford will bring some measure of closure and healing to the girls’ whose lives he devastated. Though he goes to his grave having faced no consequences for his child sex crimes, Ford’s victim can take a little comfort from knowing that he can’t assault any more children.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/02/mack_w_ford_founder_of_new_bet.html#incart_m-rpt-2  

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PA--Victims to Penn State officials "Now, turn the page"

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12

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)

Now that Penn State will again get bowl revenue in the future, we really hope Paterno backers will move on and stop whining about his alleged mistreatment.

http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2015/02/penn_state_big_ten_announce_un.html   

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Canada--Clergy sex abuse victims again beg synod to defrock archbishop

For immediate release:  Thursday, February 12, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006 cell, cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Clergy sex abuse victims again beg synod to defrock archbishop

He was the Orthodox Church in America’s highest ranking cleric in Canada 

But, his appeal denied, he is now in jail for sexually assaulting a young boy 

SNAP to church officials: “No more excuses, follow your abuse policy”

Members of an abuse survivors' group are again urging Orthodox Church in America (OCA) officials to defrock a high ranking clergyman who was found guilty of molesting a child.   

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Rome--Cardinals should question O’Malley’s abuse record

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11

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)

Thursday, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks to prelates from across the globe about abuse. We hope that at least a few of those church officials will question O’Malley about his own track record on this crisis.

Several years ago, US Catholic officials found that in O’Malley’s archdiocese 64 out of 295 parishes refuse to teach abuse prevention to kids. O'Malley has had six years to comply with this church mandate. But he didn’t.

So the Pope’s abuse point man has been deemed in violation of the US bishops’ vague and weak national abuse policy.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_statements/2008_statements/030608_boston_rockville_center_noncompliance.htm   

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Rome--Pope preaches “transparency” but practices “secrecy”

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12

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

A few days ago, Francis was urged to be transparent about sexual abuse. Instead, today Francis talks about bureaucratic transparency.

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/02/12/pope-francis-calls-absolute-transparency-pushes-vatican-overhaul/  

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