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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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MI- Recently unsealed evidence shows perp's plan to destroy evidence

For immediate release: Thursday, September 11, 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)

Recently unsealed documents show than a Michigan Christian radio host’s secret life involved child sexual crimes and plans to ask a friend to destroy evidence. We applaud the whistleblower who called police instead of helping a criminal thwart prosecution.

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Canada- Newly reveled court documents show widespread child abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, September 11, 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 Canadian search warrant was recently made public, which shows troubling allegations of repeated child abuse in the ultra-Orthodox sect Lev Tahor. 

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Rome- Polish predator archbishop in Rome won't be extradited

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 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 judge on Monday declined to order a Catholic archbishop to be extradited from the Vatican to the Caribbean to face child sex charges.

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MN- New Ulm bishop won’t release predator names: SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 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)

There's a simple reason, we believe, why New Ulm's bishop refuses to disclose the names of all predator priests in his diocese. He's protecting his predecessor who is now Minnesota’s top Catholic official: Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Twin Cities.

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IL- Chicago priest promoted by pope has “disturbing record”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 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 Chicago priest who was promoted today by Pope Francis has some links to the case of a notorious, serial convicted predator priest who has ties to Mother Teresa.

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LA- Lafayette predator priest quietly sent to Alexandria

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 10, 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 Louisiana newspaper has revealed that a Lafayette area predator priest was quietly sent to Alexandria where he worked for the church.

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MA- Boston priest is poor choice for Popes abuse panel, SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 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)

The Pope has just promoted a priest From Boston with a disappointing track record, ties to Cardinal Bernard Law and a narrow and legalistic view of the abuse and cover up scandal. For a pontiff who shows boldness in other areas, when it comes to abuse, he moves very slowly and timidly.

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MN- SNAP to prosecutors: "Double down on pedophile priests"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Statement by SNAP leader Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Ramsey County's prosecutor doubts he can bring criminal charges against ten Twin Cities predator priests. We believe he should try harder, do more aggressive outreach and keep scouring the statutes vigorously.

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Pope makes poor choice for his abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 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)

The Pope has just promoted a priest with a disappointing track record, ties to Cardinal Bernard Law and a narrow and legalistic view of the abuse and cover up scandal. For a pontiff who shows boldness in other areas, when it comes to abuse, he moves very slowly and timidly.

Here, in 900+ words, are a half dozen specific reasons – we oppose the appointment of Fr. Robert Oliver:

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_abuse_victims_blast_pope_over_new_appointment  

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CA- Controversial priest is tapped to replace deceased bishop, victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com)

A controversial priest has been chosen as "temporary administrator" of the San Diego diocese. 

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