Media Statements

FL--Accused abusive priest put back in a parish

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

A Florida bishop is putting a credibly accused abusive cleric back in a parish. We are deeply worried about the safety of the priest’s colleagues, neighbors and flock.

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/local-news/east-naples-priest-leo-riley-returns-to-st-peter-the-apostle-after-abuse-investigation_28772112   

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Rome--Another vague papal apology for sex scandals

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 14

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Instead of stopping clergy sex scandals, Pope Francis is again asking forgiveness for them. That may be good public relations but it’s irresponsible leadership.

History, psychology and common sense show that you prevent sexual violence by harshly punishing those who enable sexual violence by ignoring or hiding it. It’s that simple.    

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MO--SNAP to new bishop: “We’ll consider meeting but. . .”

Oct. 9

Dear Bishop Johnson:

We are urging you to take tangible and immediate steps to safeguard the children of your diocese.  Children are the most precious resource of the Church and the Church must not spend her parishioners' donations on empty gestures that do not protect children.   

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MN--“Minnesota bishop uses ‘unique’ dodge”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

In what may be a first-ever claim, St. Cloud’s bishop says he didn’t assign an accused predator priest to the parish where he has been working.

http://stcdio.org/october-13-2015-statement/   

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VA--Predator former Mega Church Pastor is sentenced

For immediate release: Monday, October 12, 2015

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke, Virginia Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net) 

A former Richmond mega church pastor was sentenced to 40 years for molesting two girls in Texas.

He faced 7 felony charges for sex crimes against two young sisters.   

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National--Victims group blasts child marriage

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 14

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Thousands of kids in the US are getting married, often to adults and with court approval, according to alarming statistics in today’s New York Times. This must stop.    

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CA--Victims applaud ESPN’s backing away from film re Sacrmento mayor

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

We’re grateful that ESPN is distancing itself from a film that largely focuses on Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson but wish the network would have addresses the serious accusation of sexual violence against a teenager before or during the film itself.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/marcos-breton/article38838423.html  

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Vatican--Papal spokesman denounces wrong clerics

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

The top papal spokesman is “denouncing” Vatican leaks (according to the Associated Press).

http://www.newsday.com/news/world/vatican-seeks-to-end-case-of-letter-to-pope-on-family-1.10955297

 

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NM--Two more NM predator priests are sued

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

Two more New Mexico priests are accused of molesting kids. Will Catholic officials ever “come clean” and disclose these dangerous men? Or must they be sued over and over again while they live among unsuspecting families?

http://www.abqjournal.com/658968/news/suits-id-expriests-accused-of-abuse.html

 

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MO--Marianists settle with Chaminade sex abuse victim

For immediate release: Friday, October 9

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Another settlement of another child sex abuse and cover up case involving Chaminade is being disclosed.

It involves Br. Louis Meinhardt. His crimes were hidden by Marianist officials for decades. They only surfaced in 2011 thanks to a brave survivor (who had first reported Br. Meinhardt to church officials in 2003.). Br. Meinhardt worked at the school from 1958 to 1982 and died in 1990.   

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WI--Milwaukee Catholic lawyers and judges celebrate themselves with the Archbishop as firms reap enormous bankruptcy profits

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259; peterisely@yahoo.com

This evening at the Milwaukee Catholic cathedral and later at a downtown country club, Catholic lawyers, judges and lawmakers will be processing to the altar with Archbishop Jerome Listecki to celebrate and honor themselves at what is called an annual “Red Mass”.  Apparently in the middle ages when every judge was a Catholic, they wore red robes, hence the name.     

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Victims hope Francis doesn't win Nobel Prize

For immediate release: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003SNAPdorris@gmail.com )

We hope the esteemed Nobel committee does not award the Nobel Peace Prize to Pope Francis.

He’s made strides in improving church governance, morale and finances. He speaks often about the poor and seems more humble and less judgmental than his predecessor.
Still, he has done almost nothing to protect kids, expose predators, punish enablers, and deter future child sex crimes and cover ups. 
http://www.snapnetwork.org/q_a_on_pope_francis_and_the_abuse_cover_up_crisis  
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