Media Statements

WA--Accused priest is saying mass, victims say

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Robert Fontana 509 731 6012, roblori.fontana@gmail.com

Sex abuse victims challenge bishop

Accused priest is reportedly saying masses

He had photos of young naked boys on his computer

In sharply worded letter, group blasts “reckless” approach

SNAP: Cleric had a “desk job” but is now “among suspecting families”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Yakima’s Catholic bishop to prevent a stop a priest who is reportedly saying mass and be more “open” about his wrongdoing.

Fr. Darell Mitchell has been seen performing mass recently, with altar boys, and teaching adults at St. Paul Cathedral. He also heads Calvary Cemetery.    

Read more
1 reaction Share

OH--Toledo bishop must do more re just-ousted priest

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

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

Toledo’s top Catholic official has suspended a priest who reportedly sexually exploited adults. But that’s not enough.

Nowhere in Bishop Daniel E. Thomas’ announcement about Fr. David A. Reinhart does the bishop even mention that others with information or suspicions about Fr. Reinhart’s misconduct should step forward.      

Read more
1 reaction Share

MO- Pope’s top US aide addresses Finn on 60 Minutes

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 14

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

There’s more talk about the possible ouster of embattled KC Bishop Robert Finn. But it’s only talk. And it’s a distraction that buttresses an already unhealthy complacency in the church.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

CA--Victims blast LAUSD for "horrific tactics" in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 13

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)

It’s disgusting that a lawyer for the LA Unified School District blames a 14 year old for the child sex crimes of a teacher. And it’s disgusting that California law apparently allows this.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/11/13/48034/lausd-argued-middle-schooler-can-consent-to-sex-wi/   

Read more
1 reaction Share

MN-- SNAP backs new plea for more action by DA Choi

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 13

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We endorse the new plea - made today by attorney Mike Finnegan – that Ramsey County law enforcement officials more aggressively investigate the possible destruction of evidence by top Catholic officials in the Twin Cities.  http://www.startribune.com/local/282595041.html   

Read more
1 reaction Share

OH--Vatican claims to speed up sex abuse appeals

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 13

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

Vatican claims to speed up sex abuse appeals

But no word yet on local priest ousted 7 years ago

He faces at least two allegations of molesting girls

Child molesting cleric now teaches in St. Clairsville or Woodsfield

SNAP: “Steubenville Bishop needs to take action and push harder

Vatican officials claim they’ll soon be taking quicker action to defrock predator priests. And a victims’ support group wants a Steubenville priest – who now teaches at a local college - to be among them.

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/11/11/pope-francis-launches-new-panel-speed-abuse-cases/   

Read more
1 reaction Share

Rome/Argentina--Pope picks accused wrongdoer for new church abuse panel

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 11

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)

The first member of a new church abuse panel is an archbishop who was ousted months ago for alleged financial misdeeds and has a dismal track record on abuse in his home diocese and nation.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-increases-efforts-to-combat-sex-abuse-by-clergy-96473/

He is Archbishop José Luis Mollaghan, who was suspended in May as head of the Rosario archdiocese in Argentina due to accusations that he mismanaged church funds, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.   

Read more
3 reactions Share

UT--Abuse victims applaud Mormon “openness” but push for more

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 11

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

We applaud the Mormon hierarchy for gradually becoming more open about the sexual behavior of its founder, especially the fact that Joseph Smith took a 14 year old “bride” which constitutes child sexual abuse.

But now, church officials should unequivocally denounce child sexual abuse and tell and remind their flock that it is always illegal and immoral for any adult to have any sexual contact with any child. And they should beg anyone with information or suspicions about child sex crimes – past or present – to call police and prosecutors now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/us/its-official-mormon-founder-had-up-to-40-wives.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A13%22%7D&gwh=4F8E5DA1A5B78BBA86C54A3CD8624E5A&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now   

Read more
1 reaction Share

Rome--Yet another new church abuse panel is set up

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 11

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Like his precedessors, Pope Francis tweaks policies instead of firing criminals. He’s doing it again now.

Yet another new church body will reportedly be created. This one will supposedly deal with the “most egregious” clergy sex crimes.

But it’s the front end where attention is needed, not the back end. The Pope should focus on independent prevention work, not on biased church adjudication.

And it’s not progress when the very prelates who conceal abuse rule on abusers’ fates.

The Tablet reports there will be a new “special procedure for any bishop accused of grave crimes.”    

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/1377/0/pope-creates-seven-member-body-to-handle-most-serious-cases-of-abuse-by-priests-or-bishops   

Read more
1 reaction Share

Rome/Australia--Pope make poor promotion of Australian prelate

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 11

Statement by Nicky Davis, Australia SNAP director (nicky@nickydavis.com.au) (in Switzerland now)

Pope Francis has made a poor promotion. This time, it’s his new top diplomat: Archbishop Peter Gallagher.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42281#.VGEmMPnF_Mh   

Read more
1 reaction Share

AUSTRALIA/GENEVA- UN scrutinizi​ng Cardinal Pell's response to Royal Commission request for files

For Immediate Release Monday Nov 10, 2014

Statement by Nicky Davis of SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)   +61 0422 538 440

The UN Committee Against Torture, meeting in Geneva this week, questioned Australian Government officials. They want answers regarding Cardinal George Pell's refusal to hand over documents about child sex crimes by Catholic officials, to the Royal Commission.

READ the full Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture In Connection with its Review of Australia HERE!

Read more
3 reactions Share

CA--Vatican "clears" twice accused predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 10

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)

A twice-accused priest who helped conceal child sex crimes under Cardinal Roger Mahony has reportedly been “cleared” of child sex charges by Vatican officials, despite at least two allegations. We are deeply worried by this bizarre decision.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-priest-20141109-story.html   

Read more
1 reaction Share