Media Statements

Rome--Vatican admits 2 child porn cases in Vatican itself

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 31

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)

For at least a month-and more likely several months-top Catholic officials have kept silent about a child porn case in the Vatican itself, again showing that secrecy is still the norm in clergy sex cases.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/31/us-vatican-childpornography-idUSKBN0L40H020150131   

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TX--Texas priest exposed as predator for first time

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director (281-748-4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

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 woman who says she was sexually abused as a child by a Texas priest has settled her child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. We applaud her and her family for their courage and beg Texas Catholic officials – especially Ft. Worth Bishop Michael Olson - to “come clean” about child molesting clerics.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article8830559.html   

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NJ--Predator priest gets probation

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 30

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 are sad that Fr. Marukudiyil Velan, known as “Fr. Chris,” will not do jail time. But we are grateful to the brave family that reported this priest’s crimes. And we are confident that this mom’s courage to speak up and to seek justice will protect more people.

http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/01/30/brick-priest-probation/22586555/  

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PA--Sandusky letter is posted on line

Sandusky letter is posted on line; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29

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)

What possible good can come from posting on line a letter from convicted serial child molesting Penn State coach?

http://framingpaterno.com/jerry-sandusky-writes-letter-reacting-ncaa-restoring-joe-paternos-win-record  

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MO--Church should do more re youth minister caught with child porn

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29

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)

Members and staff of a St. Peter’s church must aggressively reach out to others with information about a youth minister who was sentenced yesterday on child porn charges.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-youth-minister-sentenced-to-years-for-child-porn-possession/article_34fc5ea0-a19b-5f5c-8c00-3c28ed49a430.html   

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SD--Records on SD predator priest to be released

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29

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)

South Dakota citizens and Catholics will learn much more about a predatory priest who worked in the state thanks to a court ruling issued yesterday.

A Minnesota judge has ordered two Catholic dioceses to turn over long-secret records about Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald to attorneys who represent child sex abuse victims.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/sex-abuse-documents   

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PA--Victims blast new comments by Penn State prez

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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)

It’s very sad to see Penn State’s president posture for his donor base by dismissing most of the Freeh report. And it’s’ an ultimately counterproductive move.

Nothing is gained, except perhaps mollifying some misguided alums, by Eric Barron’s comments to the Associated Press. Barron joins a long line of self-centered football-obsessed Penn State students and staff who somehow can’t let go of their unhealthy Paterno-worship and remember the shattered lives of Sandusky victims.  

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CA--Victims applaud conviction of school teacher on abuse charges

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, SNAP east bay director of SNAP  (melanie@pokrov.org, 925-708-6175)

A Concord teacher has been convicted of child sexual abuse for fondling boys’ chests. It’s an unusual case and we applaud the prosecutor and jury for their prudent decision to put kids’ safety first.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27403881/joseph-martin-convicted-19-molestation-counts-likely-faces  

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NY--Cardinal Dolan again acts secretively with predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Once again, Cardinal Tim Dolan refuses to tell the public about a credibly accused predator priest. Shame on him. And shame on the rest of the US Catholic hierarchy for refusing to blast him for breaking church abuse policy.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/01/28/peter-kihm-dutchess-priest/22459361/   

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Philippines--Pope's Concern for Children of Philippines Collides with Policies of Its Bishops

From Bishop Accountability

For immediate release, 1/26/2015, from BishopAccountability.org


Pope's Concern for Children of Philippines Collides with Policies of Its Bishops

Priests Deemed Threats to U.S. Children Still Work in Philippine Parishes

Philippine Church Is “Lenient Toward Accused Priests,” Research Group Says

Researchers Urge Police and Prosecutors to Investigate

Catholic bishops in the Philippines are keeping sexually abusive clergy in ministry, including several priests judged by U.S. bishops to pose a threat to children and young people.

A dozen clergy sex abuse cases are detailed in a report published today by BishopAccountability.org, a U.S.-based research group that tracks the Catholic abuse crisis worldwide. The report, Clergy Misconduct among Priests in the Philippines: Key Cases, can be found on the group’s website:

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/Philippines/Key_Cases.htm
    

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VT--Victims want VT bishop to do "aggressive outreach"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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 call on Vermont’s new Catholic bishop – holding his first public event in Vermont tonight - to use his widely-touted social media skills and his vast diocesan resources to seek out adults who were sexually abused as kids by clergy.

Coyne “plans to ask each pastor to check old parish census records and lists of current community members to see if some of the elderly dropped out due to an inability to get to church,” reports the Free Press.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/01/23/bishop-plans-among-people/22246993/   

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MN--Victims applaud judge's ruling on New Ulm abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

We call on New Ulm’s Catholic bishop to promptly and thoroughly comply with a new court order to turn over records about pedophile priests.

We are grateful to the brave victim who is using the civil justice system to get names of dangerous child molesters made public. If kids are to be safer, police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public must know who is committing and concealing heinous crimes against kids.    

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