Media Statements

FL--New disclosure: Predator priest worked in Tampa

For immediate release: Saturday, March 5, 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)

A predator priest who was exposed this week in a scathing new grand jury report worked in Tampa. For the healing of victims, we call on Tampa Bishop Robert Lynch to quickly and thoroughly spread the name of Fr. Mario P. Fabbri throughout his diocese and beg anyone who may have been hurt by him to come forward and get help.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/03/03/abuse-survivor-advocates-see-hope-in-spotlight-and-in-new-report-alleging-widespread-cover-up/

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2016_03_01_Pennsylvania_Grand_Jury_Report_on_Diocese_of_Altoona_Johnstown.pdf#page=46

Lynch should also disclose the identities of any other child molesting clerics from outside Tampa who were allowed to work in his diocese.

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MD--Important SOL hearing Tuesday in Maryland

At 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8th, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hear testimony about proposed legislation to extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. Senator Robert Young, supported by victim advocacy organizations, such as SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Pastors, SNAPnetwork.org) is working again to relax the civil statute of limitations (SOL).

Currently, in most Maryland cases, the civil SOLs are three years after a victim turns 18. As a mother of a sexual abuse victim, I know that is not enough time for survivors to expose predators, protect kids and receive justice. The primary force lobbying AGAINST this sorely needed reform is the Catholic church hierarchy. (Wonder why?? Watch the 2016 Academy Award's Best Picture "Spotlight.")

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OH--A second Columbus Catholic offender is in the news this week

For immediate release: Friday, March 4, 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)

For the second time this week, we call on Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell to spread the word about a local Catholic.

One is a teacher (Brian Sze) who admitted to sexually assaulting a teenager and pleaded guilty, today, to producing child pornography. The other is a priest (Msgr. Harold J. Burkhardt) who was “outed” in a just-released grand jury report.

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2016/03/04/former-teacher-pleads-guilty-to-producing-child-porn.html

http://www.snapnetwork.org/oh_victims_urge_bishop_to_do_outreach_about_predator 

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AK--Victims blast Juneau bishop over abuse remarks

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)

An Alaska bishop is posturing on children’s safety instead of preserving children’s safety We urge him to stop making promises and start making progress toward exposing and punishing Catholic clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-026.cfm

Juneau Bishop Edward Burns claims it’s “shocking to hear of the (Altoona) grand jury report about more than 50 priests assaulting hundreds of kids in central Pennsylvania. That’s baloney.

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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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