Media Statements

Rome--Yet another new church abuse panel is set up

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 11

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

Like his precedessors, Pope Francis tweaks policies instead of firing criminals. He’s doing it again now.

Yet another new church body will reportedly be created. This one will supposedly deal with the “most egregious” clergy sex crimes.

But it’s the front end where attention is needed, not the back end. The Pope should focus on independent prevention work, not on biased church adjudication.

And it’s not progress when the very prelates who conceal abuse rule on abusers’ fates.

The Tablet reports there will be a new “special procedure for any bishop accused of grave crimes.”    

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/1377/0/pope-creates-seven-member-body-to-handle-most-serious-cases-of-abuse-by-priests-or-bishops   

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Rome/Australia--Pope make poor promotion of Australian prelate

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 11

Statement by Nicky Davis, Australia SNAP director (nicky@nickydavis.com.au) (in Switzerland now)

Pope Francis has made a poor promotion. This time, it’s his new top diplomat: Archbishop Peter Gallagher.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42281#.VGEmMPnF_Mh   

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AUSTRALIA/GENEVA- UN scrutinizi​ng Cardinal Pell's response to Royal Commission request for files

For Immediate Release Monday Nov 10, 2014

Statement by Nicky Davis of SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)   +61 0422 538 440

The UN Committee Against Torture, meeting in Geneva this week, questioned Australian Government officials. They want answers regarding Cardinal George Pell's refusal to hand over documents about child sex crimes by Catholic officials, to the Royal Commission.

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CA--Vatican "clears" twice accused predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 10

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)

A twice-accused priest who helped conceal child sex crimes under Cardinal Roger Mahony has reportedly been “cleared” of child sex charges by Vatican officials, despite at least two allegations. We are deeply worried by this bizarre decision.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-priest-20141109-story.html   

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Geneva--Victims to testify to UN Panel on torture

Victims testify to UN Panel on torture

Clergy abuse victims seek government intervention by US and Australia

This week a panel at the United Nations is reviewing compliance with meeting treaty obligations for, among other State parties, the United States and Australia. The review is being conducted by independent human rights experts from ten nations who make up the Committee Against Torture. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, has partnered with the Center for Constitutional Rights in submitting a Shadow Report outlining failures of the United States to protect against and provide redress for the nationwide and systemic sexual violence and cover-up by Catholic clergy. SNAP submitted a similar report outlining the same failures by the government of Australia. (Both reports are available at SNAPnetwork.org)

The review is being conducted by independent human rights experts from ten nations at the High Commission for Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva. The actual proceedings are available on the internet via live webcast. Representatives from SNAP from both the United States and Australia are providing testimony and reports to the Committee which will review Australia on Monday and Tuesday followed by the United States on Wednesday and Thursday.  http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=930&Lang=en   

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WI--Court rules that Wisconsin law prohibits examination of possible fraudulent mediations by the Milwaukee Archdiocese

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Today, the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that evidence the Archdiocese deliberately provided false information to procure a liability release in a case brought by one of the deaf victims of childhood sexual assault by the notorious Fr. Lawrence Murphy, cannot be heard in court because of Wisconsin’s “immunity law” on corporate mediation.    

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IL- SNAP responds to Chicago predator priests’ records

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 6 2014

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

Every time clergy sex crimes and cover ups are discussed, kids are safer. But for an institution to hide these records for decades or years – leaving police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public in the dark, and leaving kids in harms’ way – is stunningly irresponsible.

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Rome--Pope allegedly sacks official for financial corruptions

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 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)

Though he has demoted no bishop for hiding abuse, Pope Francis said today that he sacked a Catholic official for selling marriage annulments.

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/115341/Pope-says-official-sacked-for-selling-annulments---update.html

Some lay Catholics will be encouraged by this news. To us, it’s discouraging. It suggests that Frances cares more about financial reform that children’s safety.    

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AL--Birmingham Catholic priest is exposed as abuser for first time

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 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)

A Catholic priest who spent the last two decades of his life working in Alabama has been exposed – for the first time - as a credibly accused child molester. We call on Alabama Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him and to beg anyone with information or suspicions about him to call law enforcement immediately.

http://wwlp.com/2014/10/31/names-added-to-list-of-clerics-accused-of-abuse/    

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NE--Omaha archbishop hides abuse report for 11 months

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 3

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)

For 11 months, Omaha’s Catholic Archbishop George Lucas hid a child sex abuse allegation against a priest in one of his parishes. That’s stunningly reckless and callous. Lucas should explain and apologize for his irresponsible delay. And parishioners at that parish – and throughout the Omaha archdiocese – should be outraged.

http://www.ketv.com/news/man-alleges-priest-sexually-abused-him-30-years-ago/29466006   

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CA- Jehovah’s Witness HQ hit with $10 million penalty

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 31 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)

The national headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $13.5 million to a victim in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. We hope this wake-up call will prod church officials to take kids’ safety more seriously.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/135M-Awarded-to-Bible-Teacher-Gonzalo-Campos-Alleged-Abuse-Victim-Jose-Lopez-281031832.html

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IL--Cardinal Francis George to release secret sex abuse files

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 31

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

“Cardinal Francis George will soon disclose more priest sex abuse files that have been secret for years.”

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Cupich-Talks-Move-to-Chicago-Addresses-Controversies-281013212.html#ixzz3HgzVuQjH   

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