For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Weeks ago, Spokane’s top Catholic official quietly suspended a credibly accused predator priest. But Bishop Blasé Cupich notified only his flock, not the public. He refused to disclose when the allegations surfaced. He urged other victims to call church officials, not secular authorities. And he made no mention of possible criminal prosecution or of the need for Catholics and citizens to share what they know about the priest with law enforcement. This is disturbing and reckless.
For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003
Child sex abuse and cover up case against Reno priest settles
Victims prod Catholic officials to alert the public & parishioners
Group to bishop: “Reach out to others who may have seen or suffered crimes”
A child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a Fernley priest has settled. Now, a support group wants Reno Catholic officials to “warn parishioners, parents, police and the public” about the cleric and insist that he live “in a remote, secure, independent treatment center.”
For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 27
Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP’s Twin Cities director
Newly released Twin Cities Catholic church records show that, as of 2012, a convicted predator priest
--has discontinued therapy,
--admits he’s still attracted to boys,
--works as a consultant for Catholic religious orders,
--is no longer required, by Catholic officials, to attend therapy,
--can travel anywhere without asking permission from his church supervisors or letting them know &
--knows of two or three of his victims who apparently have not yet come forward.
For immediate release: Thursday, October 23
Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are glad the names of four newly "outed" predator priests are surfacing today, especially because three of them are likely living among unsuspecting neighbors in Massachusetts, and Arizona and Forest Lake, MN. (Fr. Donald Drummer, Fr. Robert P. Clark and Fr. John Owens, respectively). But police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents and the public need and deserve to know where and when these priests assaulted children. Archbishop Neinstedt must be more forthcoming if kids are to be better protected and victims are to be better supported.