Media Statements

MN--New disclosures aren’t enough

For immediate release: Thursday, October 23

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

We are glad the names of four newly "outed" predator priests are surfacing today, especially because three of them are likely living among unsuspecting neighbors in Massachusetts, and Arizona and Forest Lake, MN. (Fr. Donald Drummer, Fr. Robert P. Clark and Fr. John Owens, respectively). But police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents and the public need and deserve to know where and when these priests assaulted children. Archbishop Neinstedt must be more forthcoming if kids are to be better protected and victims are to be better supported.  

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AZ--Credibly accused predator priest in AZ is "outed"

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest who lives in Mesa has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on Arizona Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him.

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1917/News-Release-Names-of-17-Priests-Added-to-Archdiocese-of-Saint-Paul-and-Minneapolis-List-of-Abusers-Today.aspx

http://www.archspm.org/archspm_news/statement-regarding-disclosure-additional-names/

In a joint announcement by a law firm and the St. Paul archdiocese, Fr.  Robert P. Clark is one of four priests whose names are being disclosed today for the first time as having “substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor.” The revelations come as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit announced last week (John Doe 1 vs. Fr. Thomas Adamson and the St. Paul archdiocese).   

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ND--Credibly accused predator priest from Bismarck is “outed”

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest from Bismarck has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on North Dakota Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him and to beg anyone with information or suspicions about him to call law enforcement immediately.

http://www.archspm.org/archspm_news/statement-regarding-disclosure-additional-names/   

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MA--Credibly accused predator priest in Tewksbury is “outed”

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest who lives in Tewksbury has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on Massachusetts Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him.

In a joint announcement by a law firm and the St. Paul archdiocese, Fr. Donald Drummer is one of three priests whose names are being disclosed today for the first time as having “substantiated claims against (him) of sexually abusing a minor.” The revelations come as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit announced last week (John Doe 1 vs. Fr. Thomas Adamson and the St. Paul archdiocese).

We applaud Doe for insisting that more names of predator priests are disclosed as a result of his courageous litigation.

http://www.archspm.org/archspm_news/statement-regarding-disclosure-additional-names/   

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Canada-- Church still paying convicted predator archbishop

For immediate release:  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006 cell, cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Convicted abusive archbishop still gets a salary

Victims’ group is “outraged” by “this hurtful injustice

Hierarch was retired and is no longer an archdiocesan employee

Survivors believe this set-up is a way to channel archdiocesan funds to the prelate’s legal defense

Officials early on made it clear that church entities must not be involved in raising money for archbishop’s attorney fees

Victims’ beg the synod to put an end to “this hurtful, expensive charade”

Members of an abuse survivors' group say that Orthodox Church officials are continuing to pay an archbishop who was retired in the wake of hjs conviction on child sexual abuse charges.

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was found guilty of molesting a child in January of 2014. He was once the highest-ranking Orthodox prelate in Canada. (He worked in Winnipeg and Ottawa.)

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Archbishop-Storheim-found-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-altar-boy-241849391.html   

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MO--STL priest removed for abuse

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Another credibly accused St. Louis predator priest has been “outed” but Archbishop Robert Carlson is providing only the sketchiest of details about him.

He’s Fr. John J. Ghio. Carlson will only say the accusations against him are “recently reported.”

http://archstl.org/node/4334559   

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PA- Settlement reached with 88 clergy abuse victims

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Church officials in four states concealed allegations

SNAP: “How many other child molesting clerics are still hidden?

Roughly $8 million will be paid to 88 victims of Br. Stephen P. Baker, a notorious child molesting Catholic cleric. We suspect these 88 are just a fraction of the total number of boys that Baker assaulted while his church supervisors quietly moved him from state to state (PA, MI, OH and MN) .

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TX- Pastor with poor child protection record is honored, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com

A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention has been named the honorary chair of the 2015 National Day of Prayer, despite having refused to call police about a now-convicted child molester who was once on his staff. We are deeply saddened by this choice.

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CT- Jesuit priest named in new lawsuit, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 20, 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 suspended Connecticut priest has been named in a new lawsuit alleging he abused a young victim at a Haitian school. We applaud the brave victim for coming forward with his abuse.

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IN- Affidavit details sexual abuse by a youth pastor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, October 20, 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)

An Indiana youth pastor, who was arrested in September for sexual misconduct with a minor, allegedly abused a child on at least three occasions according to a court affidavit. We are grateful to the family member of the victim who reported the sexual abuse to the police.

When those who know about or suspect abuse speak up, children are safe.

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Canada- Catholic official to be sentenced for abuse

For Immediate Release: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis MO 314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Brenda Brunelle of Windsor, Canada 519 800 3492, windsor@SNAPnetwork.org

Catholic official to be sentenced for abuse

Ottawa man was former head of church youth group

He pled guilty last month to child sex crimes back in 1984

The victim will be in the courtroom and will give interviews

In 2002, a civil case against perpetrator & Knights of Columbus was settled

Group says Knights should prod others who were hurt to “come forward, get help, and call police

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is hoping that the former head a Catholic men’s organization will get the maximum sentence tomorrow in an Ontario courtroom for child sex crimes he admitted committing 30 years ago.

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Rome- Burke's demotion validates victims

For immediate release Friday, October 17, 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)

The most controversial Vatican prelate, Cardinal Raymond Burke, confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke said “I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it.” Burke said, however, that he hadn’t yet received a formal notice of transfer.  

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