Media Statements

IL -- Victims blast Cupich for Fr. McCormack case statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

Statement by Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860, keight@sbcglobal.net)

Archbishop Blasé Cupich showed today that he deals with clergy sex crimes and cover ups no better than his predecessor did.

Two more civil abuses and cover up lawsuits are being filed tomorrow against the archdiocese for the dreadfully deceitful and reckless way top Catholic officials kept Fr. Daniel McCormack on the job around unsuspecting families despite repeated warnings and “red flags” of inappropriate behavior.

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IL- Victims praise Archbishop for abuse comments

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We applaud Archbishop Blase Cupich for saying, at Parish Leadership Day at Marist High School, that “People are leaving (the church). A lot of people left because of the abuse crisis.”

(See YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ2hwxSeF8Y&feature=youtu.be)

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UK--Victims blast Home Office panel with no survivors on it

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

A government panel ostensibly set up to help child sex abuse survivors is, sadly, already hurting them by excluding them.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/child-protection/11522013/Victims-demand-changes-to-new-child-sex-abuse-inquiry.html  

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CA--Victims blast Orange Co. judge over rapist’s sentence

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are outraged that an Orange County judge reduced a child rapist’s sentence, claiming the criminal “did not appear to consciously intend to harm (the victim) when he sexually assaulted her.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/kevin-rojano-child-rapist-sentence-reduced_n_7019762.html   

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Africa--Victims to Congo bishops: Do outreach about priest murder case

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

A Congo priest is a suspect in a murder in Italy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/gay-orgies-and-murder-scandals-engulf-vatican-10162394.html   

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Rome--Victims to Vatican: Do outreach in suspected murder & orgy cases

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

There’s a common thread in the two pending Italian Catholic scandals – an alleged murder by a priest and alleged orgies by another priest. It’s a common thread in nearly all clergy sex abuse, misconduct and cover up cases: Virtually no Catholic official ever urges his flock to help law enforcement officials.    

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TX--Group praises Marsh's victims; urge others to come forward

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

We are glad that child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a Texas millionaire have settled but we suspect that there are other kids who were violated and are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. We urge them to come forward, expose wrongdoers and start healing.

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-04-07/chase-tower-businesses-settle-lawsuit-linked-marsh-3  

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NY--Victims blast Brooklyn bishop's "healing mass"

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

Brooklyn diocesan 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.)   

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Canada--Victims praise Canadian lawmakers & urge more reforms

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8

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

Two more Canadian provinces have reformed archaic and arbitrary laws that protect child predators. We applaud these moves and urge lawmakers to go further.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/sex-abuse-lawsuits-ontario-nova-scotia-735695  

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OR--Victims blast Oregon bishop in lawsuit

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

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

A Catholic priest has lost his wrongful dismissal case against his bishop. This outcome helps explain why Catholic officials continue to endanger kids, move predators, and conceal evidence in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. 

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3033912-151/state-rejects-bend-ex-priests-employment-claim   

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PA--Special Penn State board meeting set

For immediate release: Monday, April 6

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

The board of Penn State will hold a litigation-related special meeting this Thursday. We hope it will be a step towards closure for those who were assaulted as kids by Jerry Sandusky and for other rape and child sex abuse victims who are hurt each time Penn State backers and officials try to publicly defend school officials accused of ignoring Sandusky’s crimes.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/board-of-trustees-to-hold-special-meeting-on-thursday-to-discuss-pending-litigation,1463491/    

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MN--Crookston bishop ignores two predators

For immediate release: Monday, April 6, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Verne Wagner 218-340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com

Victims blast Crookston bishop

He’s hiding the name of two predators

One is a now-defrocked priest who was convicted of child porn

The other admitted sexual misdeeds & was sent to Twin Cities

But neither were mentioned when diocese released accused priests   

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