Media Statements

MO--Predator priest who was ousted last year is now sued again

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

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

A serial predator priest is being sued for sexually assaulting another child. We commend this brave man for seeking justice and exposing wrongdoers. We hope his courage will prompt others who were hurt as kids by clerics to step forward.

In 2013 - 31 years after child sex abuse allegations against him first emerged - Fr. Leroy A. Valentine was “permanently remove him from active ministry.” Though archdiocesan officials have paid settlements to at least three of his victims, Fr. Valentine has apparently still not been defrocked. And we believe, but are not certain, that no one from the archdiocese has been supervising or monitoring Fr. Valentine for at least the last 12 years.

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IL--Abuse victims react to Hastert plea deal

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 15

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

We hope that anyone hurt by Dennis Hastert will feel some consolation in this deal but we suspect that won’t happen.

www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-strikes-deal-hush-money-case-n445111   

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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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