Media Statements

Rome--“Pope okays punishing kids but he won’t punish bishops”

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Today, Pope Francis said it’s OK for parents to punish their kids, even physically. But the Holy Father won’t punish bishops who transfer and shield child molesting clerics.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2941307/The-Pope-says-fine-parents-smack-children-misbehaving.html  

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FL--Victims prod bishop to act re soon-to-be-freed predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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

For the safety of children, Tampa’s Catholic bishop must take action about a soon-to-be-freed predator priest.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/romano-impending-freedom-for-priest-in-abuse-scandal-stuns-victims/2216431  

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MN--SNAP to Episcopalian school: Fire president now

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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

The head of an Episcopal school in Faribault should be fired. So too should any other school board or staff who helped conceal the crimes of a now-convicted teacher.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/shattuck-st-marys  

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RI--Child porn teacher was with 7 year olds in RI

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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

A man now in prison for child sex crimes was quietly ousted by a Minnesota Episcopal school before he moved to Rhode Island where he taught seven year olds.  We’re both sad and worried that Rhode Island kids were put in harm’s way by callous, selfish Episcopal school staffers.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/shattuck-st-marys   

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Rome--Pope on abuse cover ups: “More talk, no action”

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5

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

Again, a pope “talks the talk” on abuse while refusing to take even one real step toward “walking the walk.”

Today, Pope Francis told his staff not to conceal clergy sex crimes. Sadly, this will have no impact whatsoever.

History, psychology and common sense all confirm what every parent knows: People emulate action, not words.  

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/05/child-sex-abuse-pope-francis-clergy-bishops

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Rome--Victims to church abuse panel: "Take practical action now"

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5  

Statement by Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

The latest in a long series of Catholic abuse panels holds its first full meeting this week in Rome. We beg panel members to take at least one or two practical steps, right now, that make kids safer.

Why? Because kids are being hurt and crimes are being concealed now. And because taking one or two tangible steps that actually protect kids now will help give the panel some credibility and disillusioned Catholics some hope.    

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MT--Victims blast Montana Catholic settlement

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 4

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

We are grateful to the hundreds of Montana men and women who have bravely reported being sexually assaulted as kids by Catholic nuns, priests and other clerics. We commend them for their courage. But we deplore the legal maneuvers by Catholic officials who are finally agreeing to compensate these deeply wounded individuals with the paltry amount of less than $20,000 each.

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Settlement-reached-in-Ursuline-Academy-sex-abuse-case/31075596    

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TX--Victims prod Ft. Worth & Subiaco officials about abuse

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director 281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com,

We are here today to prod Ft. Worth Catholic officials to do more to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. Specifically, we urge Bishop Michael Olson to

1. make public the personnel files of Fr. Bede Mitchel, a recently-outed predator priest,

2. post at least three more names of credibly accused child molesting clerics on his website, and

3. send a letter rebuking an Arkansas church staffer who made harsh remarks that hurt a victim, and

4.  aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by Fr. Mitchel and other predator priests.   

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CA--Victims want SF archbishop to focus more on kids' safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 4

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)

San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop has created a new, free-standing section for faculty handbooks telling school staff to avoid certain "sins."

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-archbishop-clarifies-sexual-doctrine-for-high-6060293.php#/0  

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IL- Ground-breaking new clergy abuse suit filed in Chicago

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

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

We applaud the first-ever clergy sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit, just filed in Chicago, that accuses Catholic officials of perpetuating a “public nuisance.”

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1950/Public-Nuisance-Claimed-in-Lawsuit-Naming-Chicago-Archdiocese.aspx

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RI-- Victims blast RI Catholic settlement & secrecy

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 3

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

We’re sad that a lawsuit against a discredited and credibly-accused corrupt Catholic group has settled out of court, especially because once again these selfish and manipulative church officials have been able to pay off accusers and hide their wrongdoing.

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/content/20150202-second-lawsuit-settled-against-disgraced-order-legion-of-christ-is-settled.ece  

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MN--Duluth predator priest is exposed

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

For more information: Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN (Duluth, MN & Superior, WI) SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com), David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Duluth predator priest is exposed

Catholic officials are re-opening probe

Cleric is accused of abusing a boy and a girl

He was transferred to five states & 7 MN towns

Victims to Duluth bishop: "How many others are you hiding?"

Twin Cities Catholic officials are re-opening an investigation into accusations that a priest who worked in the Duluth area sexually abused two South Dakota children.    

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