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Vatican- Cardinal Burke to be ousted by Pope? Abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

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 a noted Vatican journalist calls a “decapitation,” and “a move without precedent,” Cardinal Raymond Burke – who had a very sorry tenure running the St. Louis archdiocese (2003-2008), “is on the verge of being demoted” from head of the church's highest court to a “purely honorary role” and an “ecclesiastically very modest title” at “the behest of Pope Francis.”

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ME- Priest charged with child pornography; he was convicted in Michigan

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga,CA, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A former Brookline, MA seminarian, who was convicted of a sex crime in Michigan in 1983, has been arrested again in Maine and accused of possessing child pornography.

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MN- “Most abusive Twin Cities priest” also worked in Crookston; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

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

According to just-released church records, for almost 60 years, numerous Minnesota Catholic officials concealed the crimes of a predator priest who worked in the Crookston diocese.

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CA- Almost 3 dozen victims come forward in Stockton

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 16 2014

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

Stockton Catholic officials disclosed today that 34 victims of predator priests have come forward in recent months. We suspect this number – 34 victims of Stockton predator clergy - is a drop in the bucket. The real total, we believe, is much higher.

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TX- Youth pastor arrested for abuse; What about his church?

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

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

A youth pastor has been arrested for alleged child sex crimes and the question now is what will his congregants to now? Will they actively help police and prosecutors? Or will they sit passively back and force the brave victim to carry the burden of pursuing a predator alone?

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MN- Fugitive Indian predator priest loses appeal

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

A credibly accused predatory Indian priest has lost another court ruling and is now one step closer to facing a trial in Minnesota. For the safety of children and the healing of victims, we hope he will be extradited soon.

 – MN law re grand juries -

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NJ- Rutgers mocking "Ped State" is callous

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

Students and staff at Rutgers should be ashamed of themselves for their callous, juvenile, mocking Ped State displays.

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MS- Catholic teacher arrested on child sex charges

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

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

A veteran Catholic teacher, Richard Pryor, has been indicted for allegedly molesting students on out of state trips. Our hearts ache for these 11 boys and their families.  

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TX- SNAP urges Orthodox bishops to act together to protect kids

For immediate release: Monday, September 15, 2014

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga,CA, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will hold its fifth annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, from September  15th through the 18th. The meeting will begin with a Pan-Orthodox Doxology at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Monday night.

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MN- Theologians blast archbishop but are off-base

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

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

While we disagree with their recommendations, we are grateful to St. Thomas professors who are criticizing Twin Cities Catholic officials over child sex crimes and cover ups.

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NJ- Predator is defrocked; Bishop is secretive

For immediate release: Monday, September 15, 2014

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 New Jersey serial predator priest was apparently defrocked months ago, but his bishop essentially kept silent about it, telling only one group of parishioners but refusing to tell the public or other parishioners.

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CT- Archbishop wants good child safety law thrown out

For immediate release: Friday, September 12, 2014

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

It's bad enough that Hartford's Catholic archbishop wants to overturn a jury verdict in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case. What's dramatically worse, however, is that he wants to deny hundreds of child sex abuse victims in Connecticut.

Connecticut has one of the nation's best statutes of limitations in the nation. The archbishop is trying to get it nullified. He's protecting predators and hurting children.

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