Media Statements

MN--Archbishop breaking church policy on accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 19

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

Another Twin Cities priest is accused of abuse and again, Catholic officials aren’t honoring their pledges.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/19/richfield-priest-on-leave-after-credible-abuse-allegations/  

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IL--Abuse settlements will "keep trickling in

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)       

Another abuse and cover-up lawsuit against Chicago Catholic official has been settled. 

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/615837/attorney-1-25m-settlement-sex-abuse-suit-archdiocese-ex-priest-daniel-mccormack    

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WA--Group praises victim in new abuse settlement

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP, 314 566 9790SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Another brave adult has forced Catholic officials to admit wrongdoing in a child sex abuse and cover up case. Though we're very saddened by her suffering, we are also deeply proud of and grateful to Jerri Hubbard for having the courage to disclose her pain and expose church wrongdoers.
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PA--Ex Pittsburgh Catholic cleric sentenced for sex crimes

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com

A Catholic cleric, who worked in Pittsburgh, has been convicted in Australia of a string of sex offenses.

He is Marianist Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman who taught for more than a decade (1986-97) at former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. His church supervisors learned of Australian allegations in 1997 and sent him for treatment and reassigned to ministry.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/05/18/catholic-brother-australia-abuse/27518789/   

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IL--Four charged in Catholic School bullying case

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

(312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

We're glad that four boys are being charged in a bullying case at a Chicago Catholic school. But we're disturbed that for more than a month, no one reported the alleged crime to police.

http://www.wlsam.com/2015/05/18/update-4-teens-charged-with-attempted-sex-assault-in-st-francis-de-sales-locker-room/  

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MA--700 Sundays in a row, Boston clergy abuse vigil happens

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, davidgcohessy@gmail.com

This Sunday marks the 700th consecutive vigil held outside the Cathedral in Boston by an amazing group of caring individuals.

That’s no typo. They’ve been out there for 700 Sundays in a row.  

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WI--Milwaukee Federal judge Lynn Adelman offers to mediate church bankruptcy

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee) 414.429.7259

Survivors of rape and sexual assault by clergy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee today are grateful that Milwaukee Federal Judge Lynn Adelman, in an unusual impromptu hearing today, has directly offered to mediate the deteriorating four year old Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy case involving some 575 victim cases.     

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NY--Syracuse bishop will keep hiding predators

For immediate release: Thursday, May 14

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

In perhaps the most disingenuous way possible, Syracuse’s Catholic bishop is keeping names of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests secret. He’s blaming victims for his recklessness, callousness and cowardice.

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/05/syracuse_bishop_still_mulling_whether_to_outing_priests_with_credible_abuse_alle.html#incart_river  

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OH--New state Supreme Court ruling

For immediate release: Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

We are grateful for the court’s ruling that gives those victimized in state institutions more time. For decades, Ohio archaic, predator friendly statute of limitations have protected both those who commit and conceal child sex crimes. This is a belated but welcome step forward.   

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IL--Ousted Priest-ducking, dodging, deflecting and distracting

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

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

An accused predator priest who has reportedly been permanently ousted from ministry is speaking out for the first time. And he’s ducking, dodging, deflecting and distracting.

http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/home_top-news/153443709/Priest-breaks-silence-over-his-removal

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Rome--3 groups write lay panel re Finn’s upcoming ordinations

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 (davidgclohessy@gmail.com) , Anne Barrett Doyle 781-439-5208 (barrett.doyle@comcast.net

Three groups: Finn should not ordain new priests

Bishop was convicted for not reporting child abuse images

Last month, three years late, prelate finally resigned

But Catholic officials are letting him ordain priests & deacons

Organizations say his “continued visibility hurts parishioners and victims

Three groups concerned about clergy sex crimes and cover ups are urging a Catholic panel to stop a convicted bishop from ordaining priests and deacons in two ceremonies later this month.   

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DC--3 groups: Finn should not ordain clerics

Members of the National Lay Review Board

c/o US Conference of Catholic Bishops

3211 Fourth Street NE

Washington, DC 20017

Dear Members of the National Lay Review Board:

We are members of three organizations: BishopAccountability.org, the National Survivors Advocate Coalition, and SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are writing you today to express our dismay at the news that Bishop Robert Finn has been given special permission to perform ordinations of new priests and deacons in the Kansas City diocese later this month.   

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