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USA--Catholic church loses $90 million a year from theft?

For immediate release: Sunday, May 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)

A new Associated Press story cites “lax financial controls” in the Catholic church, quotes one source as saying that the US church may lose $90 million annually from theft and cites an independent survey that shows that 85% of US dioceses have experienced recent embezzlement.

http://www.cruxnow.com/ap/2016/05/01/bookkeeper-denies-theft-as-u-s-church-struggles-with-money-controls/

“American Catholics drop roughly $150 million into the Sunday collection plate every week,” the AP reports.

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UT--Predator priest who worked in Utah is sentenced again

For immediate release: Sunday, May 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)

On Friday, an already imprisoned serial predator priest who allegedly abused Utah boys was sentenced to 40 more years for hurting other kids in Michigan.

For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope he stays behind bars for as long as possible. And we hope that Utah Catholic officials will spread this news and use church bulletins, pulpit announcements, and church websites to aggressively seek out others who he may have hurt. We believe that’s their moral and civic duty.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_06_04_Ross_RecordsShow_James_Rapp_5.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_12_01_Sallah_ShameSin.htm

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/04/29/pirest-james-rapp-sexual-abuse/83726260/

http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/Former--Teacher--Priest-at-Lumen-Christi-Catholic-High-School-in-Jackson-sentenced-today-377559141.html?ref=141

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