Media Statements

OH--New state Supreme Court ruling

For immediate release: Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

We are grateful for the court’s ruling that gives those victimized in state institutions more time. For decades, Ohio archaic, predator friendly statute of limitations have protected both those who commit and conceal child sex crimes. This is a belated but welcome step forward.   

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IL--Ousted Priest-ducking, dodging, deflecting and distracting

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

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

An accused predator priest who has reportedly been permanently ousted from ministry is speaking out for the first time. And he’s ducking, dodging, deflecting and distracting.

http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/home_top-news/153443709/Priest-breaks-silence-over-his-removal

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Rome--3 groups write lay panel re Finn’s upcoming ordinations

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 (davidgclohessy@gmail.com) , Anne Barrett Doyle 781-439-5208 (barrett.doyle@comcast.net

Three groups: Finn should not ordain new priests

Bishop was convicted for not reporting child abuse images

Last month, three years late, prelate finally resigned

But Catholic officials are letting him ordain priests & deacons

Organizations say his “continued visibility hurts parishioners and victims

Three groups concerned about clergy sex crimes and cover ups are urging a Catholic panel to stop a convicted bishop from ordaining priests and deacons in two ceremonies later this month.   

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DC--3 groups: Finn should not ordain clerics

Members of the National Lay Review Board

c/o US Conference of Catholic Bishops

3211 Fourth Street NE

Washington, DC 20017

Dear Members of the National Lay Review Board:

We are members of three organizations: BishopAccountability.org, the National Survivors Advocate Coalition, and SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are writing you today to express our dismay at the news that Bishop Robert Finn has been given special permission to perform ordinations of new priests and deacons in the Kansas City diocese later this month.   

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WI--Milwaukee Archdiocese threatens to deplete remaining funds on litigation before compensating victims

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Whatever the outcome of today’s offer by Federal Judge Lynn Adelman to intervene in the four year old Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy to resolve the issue of former Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s $57 million dollar fraudulently constituted “cemetery trust”, it is yet another unmistakable sign that something has gone terribly wrong or is terribly broken with a court system that allows church lawyers to walk away with millions of dollars in billable hours, leave apparently uninvestigated and unreported dozens of never before identified alleged sex offenders, and keeps under wraps documents and details about how the now most powerful Catholic Prelate in the United States colluded with the Vatican to keep US courts from compensating victims of clergy sex crimes.      

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MI--Abuse victims: Reform predator-friendly Michigan law

For immediate release: Monday, May 11

Statement by Bill McAlary, Grand Rapids  director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (616-514-0654bllmack1@gmail.com)
Michigan lawmakers are considering reforming the archaic criminal statute of limitations on child sex crimes. We hope they do. But even more, we hope they reform the archaic civil statute of limitations.
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NY--Victim of sex abuse honored

For Immediate release Friday, May 08, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President and Founder;

312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org 

Victim of sex abuse honored

He receives prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Philadelphia man exposed infamous priest perpetrator in Chile

Now a US citizen, he heads global communications for a Global Fortune 500

Juan Carlos Cruz, a Philadelphia man who recently became a US citizen, exposed Chilean priest perpetrator, Father Fernando Karadima and is now receiving a 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on Saturday May 9.   

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KY--Predator priest loses appeal; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 6

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Now that he’s lost his appeal, convicted child molester Fr. James Schook should give it a rest, do his time, stop re-victimizing his victims and let them heal without more desperate, self-serving legal maneuvers.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Appeals-court-upholds-former-priest-s-sex-abuse-6251229.php

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Rome--It’s happened again today in Rome.

For immediate release: Friday, May 8, 2015

It’s happened again today in Rome.

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

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/05/08/0348/00772.html

Some Catholic commentators will no doubt herald this latest tweaking as something big. It’s not. Maybe in other realms of church life, policies like this matter. In abuse and cover up cases, they do not.

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PA--Group to Sandusky: “Stop torturing your victims”

For immediate release: Thursday, May 7

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We’re saddened that Jerry Sandusky insists on torturing his victims by continued and callous ‘Hail Mary’ legal filings. He’s partially right: his trial moved quickly. We submit that’s common sense: When a dangerous predator walks free, the justice system should move quickly to get him behind bars where he can’t hurt others.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/new-sandusky-appeal-claims-multiple-errors-by-defense-team,1463900/

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IL--Notorious Joliet predator priest dies; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 7

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 notorious Joliet predator priest, whose case shows continuing recklessness by Catholic bishops about kids’ safety, has passed away.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentucky/obituary.aspx?n=carroll-howlin&pid=174795423&fhid=16750

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KY--Louisville native abused 3 kids, prosecutors say

A prosecutor has disclosed that a now-imprisoned admitted serial child molester who is a Louisville native and worked in Louisville churches abused at least three Louisville kids.

We call on his former church supervisors and colleagues in Louisville at Southeast Christian Church to aggressively seek out others he may have assaulted. And we call on Louisville police to investigate whether any of those church supervisors or colleagues might be charged with ignoring, concealing or enabling his crimes.

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2015/05/first_christian_church_of_florissant_brandon_milburn.php?page=all

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