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MN--Minnesota predator priest is returned to US

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 18

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)

A decade after the first allegations against him surfaced, a Catholic priest, has finally been brought back to the US where he faces criminal child sex abuse charges.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/jeyapaul-extradited  

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NY--NFL teams help to hide domestic abuse

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)

NFL coaches and staff do with domestic violence what Catholic bishops do with child sex crimes – try very hard to handle crime quietly and “in house” without involving law enforcement. That’s what a new, two-part series by the New York Time shows. And that’s shameful.

It’s outrageous that Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis meet with an abusive player and his wife. A football coach! What on earth makes him qualified to interfere in a criminal matter or counsel a married couple?  

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MN--MN predator priest is charged in WI

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17

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

We are grateful that a Minnesota predator priest now faces more child sex charges in Wisconsin. This is important because child molesting clerics often get great defense lawyers who exploit legal technicalities. They often end up with few or no consequences and soon walk free and hurt more children.   

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WA--Clergy abuse victim pens memoir

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Seattle clergy sex abuse victim publishes memoir

Support group says “honest, searing book” can help with healing

A Seattle woman has published a memoir about her childhood abuse by a priest, her adult years as a nun, her recovery and her advocacy for others who have been victimized.  And she will read from it at a “book launch celebration” this Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the University Book Store in Bellevue.

Mary Dispenza wrote “SPLIT: Child, A Priest and the Catholic Church,” in part about the suffering she endured when she was repeatedly molested, starting at age seven, by Fr. George Neville Rucker of the Los Angeles archdiocese. For years, she repressed the memories of that trauma.

A decade ago, as an adult, she sued Catholic officials as one of some 550 victims hurt by Los Angeles priests. It became the largest-ever settlement ever involving the Catholic church, totaling $660 million.

Now, Dispenza is the Seattle area leader of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Rucker is accused of molesting almost 40 youngsters.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/09_10/2008_09_05_SNAP_LegalManeuvers.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/11_12/2006_12_02_Spano_SheCant.htm

 

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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.    

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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.      

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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.

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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/   

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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   

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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/   

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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.   

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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   

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