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MI--Saginaw priest is sued; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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

A Saginaw priest is being sued for sexually exploiting a college student. We applaud her courage while we deplore the secrecy of Saginaw’s bishop.

http://www.cm-life.com/article/2016/02/father-heames-lawsuit

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MO--Complicit pastor is back on the job; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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

A vengeful, selfish pastor is back on the job while the brave whistleblowers he sued and hurt are still suffering, as are the families whose kids were abused by a now-imprisoned child molester who worked at the church.

http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/02/09/after-six-months-away-pastor-at-center-of-church-cover-up-scandal-returns

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OH--FACT SHEET: Accused Catholic sex offender clerics linked to The Josephinum in Columbus

(Partial list)   February 2016

Father George Broussard
- Broussard attended Pontifical College Josephinum in the late 1950s and early '60s. Sued 2003. Accused of sexual abuse of 3 brothers over a 4 yr period. One plaintiff signed affidavit that his father met with Cardinal Bernard Law, then Vicar General of Diocese, in 1973 to report the abuse but Law did nothing. In 6/02 deposition in another case Law admitted that he failed to keep Broussard, his friend and classmate at seminary, away from children after being warned that he was molesting children. Suit settled 3/06

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/2002_06_06_Rezendes_MattCarroll_George_Broussard_2.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/2002_06_06_Mashberg_MissCase_George_Broussard_3.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_06_07_Washington_SecondMiss_Boyce_and_Broussard_1.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_01_06/2005_05_09_Elliott_TimeA.htm

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PA--Victims applaud judge in predator priest appeal

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 

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

We’re grateful that a Pennsylvania judge has denied a new trial for a predator priest. We’re disappointed but not surprised that the child molesting cleric says he’ll appeal. And we hope that all Catholic officials in Pennsylvania and Honduras will use their vast resources to find and help others who were assaulted by this priest or who helped conceal his crimes.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/trial-priest-convicted-sex-tourism-boys-36795452

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MA--Victims applaud police & challenge Catholic officials

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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

We’re grateful to the Chicopee police for warning the public about ex-priest Richard Lavigne. We wish Springfield Catholic officials would likewise step up and alert and remind parents about this dangerous man.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/chicopee_police_alert_public_t.html

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CT--Controversial Catholic group invests in porn

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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

A new book says that a high profile and controversial Connecticut-based Catholic religious order “invests in companies involved in the arms race, pornography and high-end real estate” and a Catholic journalist says this may make “a mockery” of Francis’ more progressive agenda. ­­­­­­­­­­

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-heads-mexico-amid-legionaries-christ-disclosures-0

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PA--Victims blast Altoona bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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

Two more central Pennsylvania priests have been suspended because of child sex abuse reports. This means that 31 Altoona-Johnstown Catholic priests are publicly accused of sexually assaulting kids.

Fr. David Arseneault (AR’-sen-oh) and Fr. James Coveney are on leave due to allegtions that they molested kids.

Bishop Mark Bartchak’s announcement about this move was troubling.

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NC--Minister accused of molesting in Canada, NC and PA

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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

A Pennsylvania minister who is accused of molesting “at least three boys” at a Rhode Island school and reportedly admits molesting one in Canada is now being investigated by North Carolina police department for perhaps abusing a child in North Carolina.

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160206/NEWS/160209461

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Vatican--Victims blast Vatican over papal panel's role

For immediate release, February 6, 2016

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

"The Vatican says that as part of an advisory body, the (Pope's abuse) commission's members should not comment on individual cases of abuse and leave these up to investigators," Reuters reports.

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Vatican--Prominent survivor leaves papal panel; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

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

We share Pete Saunders’ justifiable frustration with Vatican officials. They refuse to take quick, simple, common sense steps to protect kids and deter cover ups by punishing clerics who conceal abuse. Instead, they do what church officials have done for decades: shrewdly fixate on and discuss meaningless internal policies on paper that give the impression of progress while changing virtually nothing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3434855/Child-abuse-campaigner-handpicked-Pope-head-commission-paedophile-priests-suddenly-leaves-Vatican-24-hours-warning-pontiff-tackle-issue.html

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HI--Victims blast Hawaii church officials over “window dressing”

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 5

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Hawaii Catholic officials are trotting out the same old claims of “reform” that bishops have cited for decades in the continuing abuse and cover up crisis in the church.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31146236/hawaii-catholic-church-hires-full-time-sex-abuse-prevention-director-screens-and-trains-thousands   

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Rome--Another meaningless church panel

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 4

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

Yet another church abuse panel is holding yet another meeting. Such panels have met at varying levels in the church for decades the results: extraordinarily little progress.    

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