IA- Priest suspended; victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Des Moines' Catholic bishop is being far too secretive and lax about the credibly accused child molesting cleric that he has suspended. 

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MO- Predatory ex-minister is “outed” in historic “first,” SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014

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

For perhaps the first time ever, a local Protestant church body is exposing an ex-minister as a credibly accused child molester, even though there are no criminal charges, no civil lawsuit and no admission by the alleged predator. SNAP is applauding the move. We also applaud the brave victim who helped us prod church officials to do this.

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NY- Predator priest is sued, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 2014

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 deceased New York priest is being sued for child sexual abuse. We are grateful to this brave woman for standing up for justice and accountability. 

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MN- Predatory priest case to be heard by MN Supreme Court

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

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

We are thrilled that Minnesota's highest court will take another look at the criminal abuse case against Fr. Christopher Wenthe of the St. Paul Archdiocese.

http://minnlawyer.com/2014/06/27/state-supreme-court-to-reconsider-clergy-sexual-abuse-case/   

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UK- Jehovah Witness predator convicted; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

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 former Jehovah's Witness elder has been found guilty of child sex crimes. We are very grateful to his courageous victims. And we are glad that Mark Sewell will be kept away from children, at least for a while.

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INTL- Who's watching defrocked predator archbishop now? SNAP asks

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949.322.7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

The Vatican is now disciplining another type of child molesting cleric - a diplomat (Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski). That's a new twist on an old pattern - Catholic officials dealing with those who commit child sex crimes while ignoring those who conceal child sex crimes.

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TX- Archdiocese move is “too little, too late”

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

The San Antonio Archdiocese has notified some of its flock about an admitted pedophile priest.

(see today's Express News).

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INTL- Vatican move on Polish archbishop raises questions

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

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

It's encouraging when child molesting clerics are disciplined, but we are troubled by the Vatican's continued insistence on handling child sex crimes internally. Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski should face a criminal trial, not a church proceeding. And he should be in a secular jail. And he might have been in one for months, had Vatican officials cooperated with law enforcement.

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INTL- Lessons & omissions from papal victim choices

For immediate release: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

A Catholic newspaper says that next weekend, the pope will reportedly meet with clergy sex abuse victims from four countries: the U.S., Britain, Poland and Ireland.

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MN- Twin Cities Catholic official will be deposed again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

We're glad a high ranking Twin Cities Catholic official will be deposed again and hope his archbishop will also insist that he be questioned by police too. 

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MN- Catholic officials misinterpret 1st Amendment, SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 

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

It's sad to see Catholic officials exploiting and misrepresenting the First Amendment. It protects belief, not actions. 

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WA- Abuse victims settle but more must be done, SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

Thirty brave child sex victims have settled their abuse and cover up suits against Seattle Catholic officials. We applaud these courageous and determined individuals and suspect that there are dozens more victims in the Seattle area – from these two parochial schools and other schools – who remain trapped in silence, shame and self-blame.

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