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US bishops show cowardice and callousness

For immediate release, September 23, 2015

Statement by Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

We're sad that Francis claims US bishops have shown "courage" in the abuse crisis. Almost without exception, they have shown cowardice and callousness and continue to do so now. They offer excuses, exploit legal technicalities and hide behind expensive lawyers and public relations professionals, hardly the marks of courage.

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Victims blast pope’s praise of bishops

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

In a speech today to U.S. bishops, according to ABC News, Francis “does not specifically reference the pedophilia that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church.”

He does, however, speak of some alleged “great sacrifice" made by bishops because of the abuse and cover up crisis.

What sacrifice? What bishops takes fewer vacations, drives a smaller car, does his own laundry or has been passed over for promotion because he’s shielding predators and endangering kids? None.

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TX--New child sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Baptist church and accused predator pastor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Statement by Amy Smith, Phone: 281-748-4050  watchkeepamy@gmail.com

A child sexual abuse lawsuit was filed this week by the parents of a now deceased victim against First Baptist Church of Rockwall, Texas and pastor Billy Bob Burge, now employed as a pastor at Grace Community Church in Greenville, Texas.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/baptist-pastors-sexual-abuse-of-a-child-leads-to-victims-suicide-as-an-adult-and-lawsuit-300147406.html

 

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Washington DC--Disgraced Cardinal Mahony is being allowed to be at papal events at the White House

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Statement by Joelle Casteix, Southern California Director of SNAP,
Phone: 949-322-7434, Email: jcasteix@gmail.com

In a callous move that will rub  even more pain into the already-deep and still fresh wounds of tens of thousands of caring Catholics and suffering  victims, disgraced Cardinal Mahony is being allowed to be at papal events at the White House and Congress.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/22/controversial-la-cardinal-to-travel-with-pope-francis-for-dc-trip/

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PA--Priest guilty of child sex abuse, pornography and sex tourism

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 21

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

Fr. Joseph Maurizio stood trial for seven days in federal court for sex tourism.  He was found guilty of five counts, including molesting children and pornography.  He was also found guilty of transferring money outside the US for sex.  Maurizio traveled a orphanage in Honduras frequently. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2015/09/22/Somerset-County-priest-found-guilty-of-molesting-Honduran-orphans/stories/201509220222

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CA--Diocese featured in today's NYTimes keeps guilty predator on the job

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 22

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

A page one New York Times story today reports a priest shortage in the Fresno Diocese.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/us/pope-francis-to-find-a-church-in-upheaval.html

That shortage is likely one reason that found guilty in a civil trial of molesting a boy but remains in a parish there.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ca_pastor_deemed_guilty_of_abuse_by_jury_gets_a_new_post_snap_responds

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Victims group deplores US military policy in Afghanistan

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 21

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

It’s an outrage that our military and our money are backing child rape in Afghanistan. In a very real way, there’s little difference between ignoring and enabling sexual violence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=MostPopularFB&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article&_r=0

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MN--As pope comes here, another bishop fights another victim

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 21

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

On the very day that Pope Francis lands in the US, a Minnesota bishop will try to block a child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a predator priest who is accused of sexually assaulting at least 26 girls.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/2030/In-Hearing-Tomorrow-Diocese-of-New-Ulm-Seeks-to-Dismiss-Sexual-Abuse-Lawsuit-from-Court.aspx

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Pope to meet with victims. So what?

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 20

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

We believe Francis will meet soon, likely in DC, with a handful of carefully-chosen victims in a tightly-choreographed setting. And we’re convinced that it will be essentially meaningless.

It will bring short term joy to some but real healing to few and protection to no one.

Almost every survivor cares most about prevention. That’s also what helps us heal best: knowing that our pain prompts action that might spare even one child a lifetime of devastation from sexual violence.

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SNAP, BishopAccountability, and CCR Address the UN Press Corps in Advance of the Arrival of Pope Francis

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CONTACT:   Barbara Blaine, SNAP, +1.312.399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org
                  Anne Barrett Doyle, BA, +1.781.439-5208 barrett.doyle@comcast.net
                  Jen Nessel, CCR, +1.917.442.0112, jnessel@ccrjustice.org

 

New York, 21 September, 2015 – Today, representatives from three organizations held a press conference at the United Nations in advance of the Pope’s visit to urge the Vatican to take concrete steps to address the crisis of sexual assault and its cover-up in the Catholic Church. 

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MO--A kind, veteran SNAP leader passes away

Mike Hunter has passed away. He started, and for almost a quarter century, led our SNAP support group in Kansas City. That’s a long time to devout yourself as a volunteer in a difficult cause. And he was a model leader, equally committed to all three parts of our mission: healing the wounded, protecting the vulnerable and exposing the truth.  

(NOTE-On Oct. 11, from 12-4 p.m., there will be a picnic in Mike’s honor. Details: Cattlelackorder@yahoo.com)

Mike was there in the early 1990s

--when we first leafleted at the Cathedral downtown and a parishioner pushed a survivor down the steps,

--when we leafleted outside a parish that had just voted to bring back an accused predator priest, Fr. Thomas J. Ward,

--when Abott Durocher became the first Kansas City victim to break his gag order and expose his perpetrator (Fr.

John Tulipana) on page one of the Kansas City Star,

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1994_02_02_Stephens_PriestResigns_John_Tulipana_3.htm 

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MI--Admitted Mississippi predator still works in parish

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 17

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

An admitted predator priest from the US is now on the job in Peru, a new investigation has found. We beg Catholic officials in Mississippi and Chimbote to do everything possible to warn unsuspecting families about him and help law enforcement pursue him. And we beg Pope Francis to denounce and stop this long-standing stunningly-irresponsible church practice of sending predator priests abroad to work among even more vulnerable parishioners.

(Almost two years ago, we prodded newly-named Jackson Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz to publicize Fr. Madden’s crimes and alert Catholics in Chimbote to his presence there. Kopacz ignored our pleas.)

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ms_new_jackson_catholic_bishop_named_snap_responds

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