Media Statements

Australia--Vatican decades late in bishop accountability, still no guarantee of any real change

For immediate release Thursday June 11, 2015

Media Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, Australia Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (nicky@nickydavis.com.au, 0422 538 440)

 

The latest move by the Vatican to provide a clear system for bishops to be held internally accountable for covering up and enabling widespread and systemic sexual violence against children is yet another case of too little, too late.
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Vatican--New Vatican abuse process could go either way

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10 2015

Statement by Becky Ianni, VA/Washington DC area Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

Sound isn’t necessarily music. Motion isn’t necessarily progress. And a “process” isn’t necessarily prevention, especially if that process involves clergy sex crimes and cover ups and the Catholic hierarchy.

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USA--Accused predator priests still on the job

FACT SHEET – Accused predator priests still on the job

NOTE – One of these (Bryce) is an admitted molester. One is a bishop (Bransfield). Another one (Anderson) faces three accusers. Two of them (Elizondo and Yacyshyn) have been sued within the last six months and those cases are pending. One of them (Stolzman) was put back on the job three months ago.

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Rome--Withhold judgment on new papal abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10

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

 The Associated Press correctly reports that “the Vatican was never known to have meted out punishment for a bishop who covered up for an abuser.” Note the word “never.” Ponder this carefully before feeling hopeful about today’s Vatican move.   

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Rome--Yet another church abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

At best, most church abuse panels have been ineffective distractions. At worst, they’ve been manipulative public relations moves We suspect this new one won’t make a difference either.   

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OH--Cleveland diocese ignores parishioners’ wishes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 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)

In a troubling child porn case, Cleveland Catholic officials are writing to distraught parishioners but refusing to take their concerns seriously or address them openly.

Last week, we asked Bishop Richard Lennon to visit St. Barnabas parish. We asked him to discipline its pastor, Fr. Ralph Wiatrowski. We asked him to educate his flock about how to respond – with openness and compassion – in child sex cases.

http://fox8.com/2015/06/04/group-wants-northfield-priest-disciplined-for-support-of-ex-school-board-president-convicted-of-child-porn/

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MN--SNAP: Duluth bishop involved in disturbing St. Paul case

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 9

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218-340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

On Friday, the St. Paul archdiocese was charged with six offenses. They stem from accusations that top church officials ignored or hid suspicions and actual reports of sexual misdeeds by a now-convicted predator priest.

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PA--Another lawsuit vs. Penn State SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 8

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

We applaud James Vivenzio for exposing dangerous hazing at Penn State.

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/08/whistleblower-penn-state-ignored-frat-abuse-complaints/

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NC--Victims seek help from NC group

For immediate release: Monday, June 8

For more information: Amy Smith 281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims seek help from NC group

It funded and sent missionary abroad

He was fired after admitting child pornography

Self-help organization now wants “outreach” to “others who may be hurting

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IL--Prominent author, expert & ex-priest passes

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We extend our deepest sympathies to the dozens of relatives, hundreds of friends and thousands of admirers of Eugene Kennedy, who has passed away at the age of 86. Most knew him for his towering intellect, compelling speeches and gripping writing. We knew him for his generous and kind heart.  

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MN--“Take Catholic officials’ passports”

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth, Twin Cities SNAP leader, 952-334-5180

We’re glad the Ramsey County Attorney can no longer ignore the large amount of data that has been made available from victims, survivors, and Ms. Jennifer Haselberger, a former archdiocesan employee. It shows the blatant, repeated cover up of crimes by archdiocesan officials, way beyond just the Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer case.    

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MO--Carlson's home diocese is criminally charged with abuse cover up

For immediate release Friday, June 5 

Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director of SNAP, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003

In a rare move, the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese – where St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson spent 50 years - is being criminally charged with “a disturbing institutional and systemic pattern of behavior committed by the highest levels of leadership over the course of decades,” according to a prosecutor.  

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