Media Statements

PA--Abuse bill moves in PA legislature; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re glad Pennsylvania lawmakers are finally moving to reform the state’s archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations but disappointed that because there’s no civil window, hundreds who have committed or concealed child sex crimes will remain hidden and escape responsibility.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2016/04/statute_of_limitations_ron_mar_1.html

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FL--Predator preacher passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A credibly accused Florida predator preacher has passed away. Now, we beg his former church members and colleagues to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him using church websites, pulpit announcements, social media and “word of mouth” so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-jeffery-london-dead-in-prison-20160405-story.html

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RI--Predator priest passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com
A credibly accused Rhode Island predator priest has passed away. Now, we beg Bishop Thomas Tobin to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him” by using church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.
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NY--NYC’s Dolan continues abuse secrecy, victims say

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Today, more evidence emerges showing that Cardinal Timothy Dolan is among the most secretive US Catholic officials when it comes to the safety of children.

Last week, the website of Dolan’s archdiocesan newspaper quietly posted a short notice that Fr. Keith Fennessy has been suspended because of child pornography.

http://cny.org/stories/Father-Fennessy-Barred-From-Priestly-Ministry,13818?

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National--Offending Mennonite church staff are listed on website

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbra Graber (540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org), Barbara Dorris(314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Sex-offending church workers are listed for first time on website

Admitted, convicted & credibly accused clergy & employees are exposed

Mennonite/Anabaptist officials who cover up abuse will also be tracked

Exposing abuse “helps survivors heal, protects the vulnerable,” group says

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse is announcing the release of a list of credibly accused, admitted, and convicted sexual predator Mennonite and Anabaptist clergy and employees.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mennonite_map

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PA--New bill will protect grandkids but let many ‘enablers’ off the hook

For immediate release: Monday, April 4, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A just-introduced bill in the Pennsylvania legislature will let many who commit or conceal child sex crimes off the hook. It will protect our grandkids, but not our kids. And for years, it will do little or nothing to expose and punish “enablers” – supervisors and colleagues who hid child sex crimes. We hope Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) re-considers his opposition to a civil window.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2016/04/statute_of_limitations_ron_mar.html

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PA--Victims blast “irresponsible” prosecutors

For immediate release: Monday, April 4, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re stunned by how naïve and irresponsible three Pennsylvania prosecutors are about the continuing abuse and cover up crisis in the Catholic church.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2016/04/03/Should-dioceses-use-grand-jury-probes-like-in-the-case-of-the-Diocese-of-Altoona-Johnstown/stories/201604030154

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KY--Family sues predator priest; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful to the brave Louisville family that is suing a priest and his church supervisors over reported child sex crimes. Kids are safest when those they hurt seek justice in court.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/03/29/boys-parents-sue-archdiocese-over-priest/82376988/

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PA--Victims applaud federal probe of Catholic officials

For immediate release: Friday, April 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a US attorney in Pennsylvania is talking about using RICO laws against Catholic officials.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/03/31/u-s-attorney-clergy-accused-of-sexual-abuse-could-face-consequences-under-civil-rico-statute/

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Rome--Vatican hires another abuse bureaucrat; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 1

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

Another church official has been hired at the Vatican to help write more meaningless church abuse policies that will help church officials look concerned but will be ignored by church officials. She’s an Illinois native who has worked for US bishops and for the Illinois State Patrol. We wish this were an April Fool’s Day joke but it’s not.

What’s needed is decisive action to expose and remove clerics who commit or conceal abuse. What’s NOT needed are more church abuse policies. Such policies have existed for decades and have been ignored for decades. These policies help with public relations, not with public safety.

 

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LA--Victims seek "action, not apology" from archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, April 1

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

This weekend, the New Orleans Catholic archbishop is holding an apology service when he should be protecting kids, exposing predators, punishing enablers and releasing abuse records. Tangible steps will do more to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded that all the words, gestures and apologies. He should focus on three particularly dangerous predator priests, one of whom has attracted nearly no attention in New Orleans.

http://clarionherald.info/clarion/index.php/news/latest-news/155-breaking-news/5379-divine-mercy-liturgy-to-include-forgiveness-ritual

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MA--Deacon & bishop blasted in clergy sex case

For immediate release: Friday, April 1

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

It’s heartbreaking to learn that a Catholic deacon told a mother to call church officials instead of independent professionals when her son was threatening suicide.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/03/new_details_emerge_about_abuse.html

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