Media Statements

KS--Predator priests in K.C. are “outed;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 4, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

In the new issue of his church newsletter, Archbishop Joseph Naumann is finally admitting that two of his priests are accused of sexually exploited adults. 
http://issuu.com/theleaven/docs/leaven_02-26-16/7?e=17554527/33886202

But there’s another Kansas City Kansas archdiocesan predator – Fr. Paul Hosler – who has committed the same devastating, manipulative self-serving sexual misconduct. Naumann continues, however, to keep silent about Fr. Hosler, as he done for years.

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PA--Victims to hold support group in Altoona

For immediate release: Friday, March 4, 2016

For more information: Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Support group to be held to clergy abuse victims

A self-help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in the Altoona area next week.

The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The meeting will be Tuesday, Tuesday, March 8th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Antis Public Library, 526 Main Street in Bellwood (just north of Altoona, PA).

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KS--Predator priests in KC KS are "outed"

For immediate release: Friday, March 4

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

In the new issue of his church newsletter, Archbishop Joseph Naumann is finally admitting that two of his priests are accused of sexually exploited adults.


http://issuu.com/theleaven/docs/leaven_02-26-16/7?e=17554527/33886202   

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OH-- Victims urge bishop to do outreach about predator

For immediate release: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, Associate Midwest Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636-433-2511SNAPJudy@gmail.com

At least one of the 50+ wrongdoers just exposed by Pennsylvania authorities attended a Columbus Catholic seminary (the same one recently-arrested seminarian Joel Wright attended). We urge Bishop Frederick Campbell to tell his flock about the predator and actively seek out and help anyone he may have hurt in Ohio.

The child molesting cleric is Msgr. Harold J. Burkhardt of the Altoona PA diocese. He worked at the Pontifical College of Josephinum in Columbus for almost a quarter century (between 1947 and 1971).

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a scathing 147 page grand jury report that detailed decades of abuse involving hundreds of children by Catholic officials. It exposed Msgr. Burkhardt as a predator for the first time. (Catholic officials knew of or suspected his crime long ago, however.)

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PA--Altoona bishop makes promises; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, March 3, 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)

No one with a bit of sense should believe Altoona bishop when he, once again, pledges reform about child sex crimes and cover ups.

http://www.wpxi.com/ap/ap/pennsylvania/clergy-abuse-hotline-getting-scores-of-calls-after/nqcgM/

For centuries, Catholic officials have dealt with abuse reports. In the US, for more than 30 years, these scandals have surfaced publicly. The first Altoona priest was sued in the mid-1980s. Bishop Mark Bartchak and his predecessors have had years to “reform.” But they haven’t and they won’t.

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ME-- Victims blast bishop's "healing mass”

For immediate release: Thursday, March 3, 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)

Maine Catholic officials have scheduled a “healing mass” for abuse victims. At worst, this is a cynical public relations move. At best, it misses the mark. (See details below.)

http://www.portlanddiocese.org/content/bishop-deeley-announces-cathedral-mass-day-prayer-and-penance-march-4 

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PA--Hotline gets many calls re Altoona abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Statement by Philadelphia SNAP leader Karen Polesir (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

We are thrilled that a hotline for reporting abuse and cover ups by Altoona clerics is flooded with calls. We hope this will continue because each call potentially leads to more wrongdoers being exposed or punished and more kids being protected.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/03/tips_leads_flooding_into_altoo.html#incart_article_small

We firmly believe that across Pennsylvania, hundreds of men, women and teens who’ve been assaulted by Catholic clerics continue to suffer in silence, shame, hopelessness and self-blame. So every call represents a troubled person heading towards help and potentially exposing more priests, nuns, bishops, seminarians and other church staff who have committed or concealed heinous crimes.

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MI--Victims blast Saginaw bishop over “missing” priest

For immediate release: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell,bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Saginaw Catholic officials are keeping secret the whereabouts of a priest who’s been deemed guilty of sexual harassment and is accused of sexual exploitation. Because of this secrecy, Bishop Joseph R. Cistone is breaking his promises and the US church abuse policy. 

NOTE – One newspaper is blasting Cistone on its editorial page:

http://www.cm-life.com/article/2016/02/priest-follow-up

When he became the head of the Saginaw diocese, Bishop Cistone told the Midland Daily News he would not approve the transfer of any priest, accused or known to have committed sexual abuse, to anywhere within the diocese. 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2016/01_02/2016_02_24_Smith_NationalExpert.htm

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VA--Support group hears from others hurt by university official

PRESS STATEMENT   March 3, 2016, For immediate release

Statement by Barbra Graber, Leader, Anabaptist-Mennonite Chapter of *SNAP, 540-214-8874, mennonite@SNAPnetwork.org

After a Mennonite university official was accused of soliciting prostitution, our group urged anyone who might have seen, suspected or suffered any misdeeds by him to come forward. We have since heard from others who he hurt.

He is Luke Hartman, a former Vice President at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. In January, he was arrested and he resigned his post. Days later, the Anabaptist-Mennonite Chapter of SNAP responded with a public statement urging anyone with more information to speak up.

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PA--Predator priest sentenced; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 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)

We’re grateful that a central Pennsylvania predator priest will spend 16 years behind bars. We hope now that law enforcement agencies will pursue his church colleagues and supervisors who ignored or hid his crimes.

http://wjactv.com/news/local/former-priest-sentenced-to-16-years-in-prison-for-sexual-abusing-boys

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OR--Victims blast Portland archbishop over Spotlight remarks

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Shame on Portland’s Catholic archbishop for engaging in self-promotion instead of abuse prevention by posturing about the award-winning film “Spotlight.”

http://katu.com/news/local/pdx-archbishop-responds-to-spotlight-movie-popularity

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WA--Victims urge Seattle archbishop to act in new sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Statement by Mary Dispenza of Seattle, Seattle SNAP director (425 941 6001mdispenza@icloud.com  

A counselor at a Catholic agency has been arrested for allegedly abusing a teenager in the Seattle archdiocese.

http://komonews.com/news/local/sheriff-drug-counselor-suspected-of-sexual-relationship-with-teen-boy

Until recently Jamie Wright of Marysville worked for the Catholic Community Services Northwest Recovery Center in Burlington. This week, police caught her in a car with a boy. Though one news account said the two have been “in a relationship for months” we stress that this is alleged child sexual abuse.

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