Media Statements

MN- Victims on archbishop's 'healing mass' tonight

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 2014

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

Tonight, Archbishop Nienstedt has scheduled a “healing mass” for clergy sex abuse victims.

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CA- Church worker secretly recorded female parishioners; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 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)

An employee at a Salinas church has been arrested after a camera was found in the female bathroom. We are saddened by this gross violation and hope church officials will do everything in their power to reach out to others who may have been victimized.

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IL- Detailed SNAP statement re Cupich's abuse track record

For immediate release: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Statement by Kate Bochte, SNAP leader, 630-768-1860, keight@sbcglobal.net

Many commentators are stressing that Cupich is perceived as a “moderate” in terms of his theology, philosophy or behavior. It's important to remember, however, that Catholic officials of all stripes have concealed - and often are still concealing – awful crimes against children. “Left wing,” “right wing” and “centrist” bishops deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups in remarkably similar ways. On this continuing crisis in the church, it's irresponsible to assume that Cupich will be any better than George. Prudent people will remain skeptical and let Cupich hopefully prove, through his deeds (not his words) that he is committed to the safety of children.   

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IL- Victims worry about new head of Chicago Archdiocese

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Statement by Kate Bochte, SNAP leader, 630-768-1860, keight@sbcglobal.net

We hope that Chicago's next Catholic Archbishop will do more to prevent future clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. But we're not optimistic. Pope Francis, like his predecessors, keeps promoting bishops who have concealed or are concealing heinous sexual violence against kids. Cupich is another prelate like this.

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Mexico- Runaway priest sued for abuse, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, (jcasteix@gmail.com, 949.322.7434 cell)

It is shocking and upsetting to learn that credibly accused child predator Roberto Peguero Hernandez is still living and working as a priest in Mexico. Not only has he been named as an abuser by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but he was allowed to escape the country when police in Santa Paula learned about the allegations.

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CT- Archbishop Blair's terrible record on clergy sex crimes and cover ups

1) Blair spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars to deny victims of child sexual abuse the ability to expose child molesters in court.

 As a result, hundreds of child predators remain “under the radar” and walking freely in Ohio.

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WA- Hundreds more clergy sex victims come forward; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 19, 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)

We are shocked to learn that more than 150 adults who say they were molested by Spokane diocese priests have “had their cases rejected by a former federal judge” over the past several months. And since the Spokane Diocese bankruptcy settled in 2004, a total of 230 people have filed such claims, according to a new story in the Spokesman-Review newspaper.

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NY- Preschool worker’s restrictions lowered, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 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 New York preschool worker, who is under investigation for sexual crimes against children, has had his restrictions eased. We are concerned about this move.

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DC- SNAP praises attorney for SOL elimination efforts

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 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 attorney for DC is calling on city council member to eliminate the statute of limitations for sex crimes. We applaud this effort.

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MI- Grand Haven priest takes leave of absence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 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 Michigan Catholic priest will take a leave of absence over a sexual encounter with an adult. If she is or was a parishioner, we are deeply concerned. In 17 states, such conduct is illegal.

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IL- Diocese of Joliet sued, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 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 Catholic Diocese of Joliet is being sued for allegedly hiding the crimes of a now deceased predator priest. We applaud these brave victims for having the courage to hold church officials accountable.

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CT- Victims urge archbishop to drop his appeal

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, Northern Ohio leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com)

For years, in Ohio, Leonard Blair succeeded in keeping child sex abuse victims from gaining the chance to expose predators in court. Now, in Connecticut, he is trying to revoke the chance that child sex abuse victims here have long had to expose predators in court. Like hundreds of others who care about vulnerable children and wounded adults, I sorely hope he doesn't prevail. If he does, Connecticut may as well roll out the red carpet for those who would sexually assault youngsters.

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