Media Statements

Belgium--Victims urge Francis to oust Brussels archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 6

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

Today, Archbishop André-Joseph Leonard of Brussels is obligated to submit his resignation to Pope Francis. We hope he does so immediately and we hope Pope Francis accepts it immediately.

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MO--Accusations of cover up at North Co. Church; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 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)

A North County mega-church pastor is suing church members who say he did little or nothing to act on suspicions of child sex abuse by a now-imprisoned sex offender who worked at the church. Shame on the pastor and his top aides for lashing out at, and trying to intimidate, caring whistleblowers.

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KY--Victims plead with new bishop: Warn your flock!

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 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)

Today is Lexington Bishop John Stowe’s first day in his new job. What could be more pressing than the safety of kids?

We call on him to immediately warn his flock about two local predator priests and to permanently post all child molesting clerics’ names on his diocesan website.

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OR--Victims ask: Where’s Portland predator now?

Victims ask: Where’s Portland predator now?

Secret records about child molesting cleric released

More than $5 million paid to victims of Catholic friar 

His church supervisors claim he was “restricted & monitored

But news reports show that he traveled far & organized events

SNAP to archbishop: “Aggressively seek out others he may have hurt

A victims group is urging Portland Catholic officials to disclose where a credibly accused predator priest is now living. He is in the news again because last week, his long-secret personnel file was made public.   

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IL--Springfield bishop pays predator priest's lawyer

For immediate release: Monday, May 4

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

Springfield’s Catholic bishop is using church funds to pay the legal fees for a credibly accused and permanently removed predator priest.

http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/news/local_news/bishop-permanently-removes-area-priest-as-pastor/article_589a38cc-f1d0-11e4-a281-2bf57adbaba7.html

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MO--Victims want KC priest disciplined for defending Finn

For immediate release: Monday, May 4

Statement by David Tate of Kansas City, leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (davidtate27@gmail.com)

In a stunningly callous letter to his parishioners, a Kansas City pastor is misleading Catholics, re-victimizing adults and endangering kids by deceptively defending a convicted bishop and attacking the motives of those who feel betrayed by him.

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IL--Priest exploits woman; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Sunday, May 3

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

A Chicago priest has been suspended for allegedly sexually exploiting an adult woman. We call on Catholic officials to provide more details about these accusations and to prod others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his misdeeds to come forward.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-father-brendan-curran-met-20150503-story.html

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NY--Dolan quietly removes abusive priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Sunday, May 3

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

Trying to avoid bad publicity, NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan has quietly suspended a priest accused of abusing a teenaged parishioner and giving him money to buy drugs.

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150502/NEWS/150509868/101008

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KY-- Nun, priest & archdiocese named in abuse case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 1

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

A new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against a priest, a nun and the Louisville archdiocese.

http://www.wchstv.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.ky/323cd09d-wchstv.com.shtml#.VUPXWSFVhBd

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FL--Orthodox educator is sentenced

For immediate release: Friday, May 1, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), SNAP Orthodox Director (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

An Orthodox educator from Florida was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison as the result of a plea deal. The sentence will be followed by ten years’ probation and life time registry as a sex offender.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/judge-sentences-ex-principal-to-10-years-for-sex-assault/2227724   

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AR--Arkansas clergy sexual exploitation suit filed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 29

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)

A civil lawsuit has been filed against a Little Rock minister accusing him of sexually exploiting an adult congregant. We applaud this brave woman and are confident that her speaking out will prod others who were hurt by this minister to step forward and get help.

https://www.facebook.com/arbourlaw?fref=ts

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MT--Next step in MT clergy sex scandal-"real outreach"

Statement by SNAP leader Jeb Barrett of Denver (abused in Montana) 720-608-8532, snapdenver@comcast.net

Now that Montana citizens and Catholics know the names of child molesting Catholic clerics, real outreach should begin.

We beg every adult who cares about kids to circulate this list far and wide. Adults should ask their loved ones “Did any one of these priests or nuns ever hurt you?” If so, victims should be warmly supported and gently urged to call law enforcement.

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