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KY--Family sues predator priest; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful to the brave Louisville family that is suing a priest and his church supervisors over reported child sex crimes. Kids are safest when those they hurt seek justice in court.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/03/29/boys-parents-sue-archdiocese-over-priest/82376988/

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PA--Victims applaud federal probe of Catholic officials

For immediate release: Friday, April 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a US attorney in Pennsylvania is talking about using RICO laws against Catholic officials.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/03/31/u-s-attorney-clergy-accused-of-sexual-abuse-could-face-consequences-under-civil-rico-statute/

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Rome--Vatican hires another abuse bureaucrat; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 1

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

Another church official has been hired at the Vatican to help write more meaningless church abuse policies that will help church officials look concerned but will be ignored by church officials. She’s an Illinois native who has worked for US bishops and for the Illinois State Patrol. We wish this were an April Fool’s Day joke but it’s not.

What’s needed is decisive action to expose and remove clerics who commit or conceal abuse. What’s NOT needed are more church abuse policies. Such policies have existed for decades and have been ignored for decades. These policies help with public relations, not with public safety.

 

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LA--Victims seek "action, not apology" from archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, April 1

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

This weekend, the New Orleans Catholic archbishop is holding an apology service when he should be protecting kids, exposing predators, punishing enablers and releasing abuse records. Tangible steps will do more to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded that all the words, gestures and apologies. He should focus on three particularly dangerous predator priests, one of whom has attracted nearly no attention in New Orleans.

http://clarionherald.info/clarion/index.php/news/latest-news/155-breaking-news/5379-divine-mercy-liturgy-to-include-forgiveness-ritual

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MA--Deacon & bishop blasted in clergy sex case

For immediate release: Friday, April 1

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

It’s heartbreaking to learn that a Catholic deacon told a mother to call church officials instead of independent professionals when her son was threatening suicide.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/03/new_details_emerge_about_abuse.html

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MA--Boston Cardinal criticized over priest's defrocking

For immediate release: Thursday, March 31

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Boston Catholic officials are announcing that a predator priest has been defrocked. But they refuse to announce when they pay settlements to victims of predator priests.

http://www.reuters.com/article/massachusetts-priest-idUSL2N1731D9    

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Rome--Victims blast papal priorities: “Money matters more than kids”

For immediate release: Thursday, March 31

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

By investigating spending on Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s shamefully luxurious apartment, Pope Francis takes another step toward protecting Vatican finances. Sadly, he’s refused, for three years, to take a single similar step toward protecting children’s safety.

http://www.religionnews.com/2016/03/31/vatican-probes-funding-of-cardinals-lavish-apartment-182755/    

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National--Victims want pastors disinvited from huge Protestant conference

For immediate release: Thursday, March 31, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Pam Palmer (240) 994-1278 cell, palmerp@live.com

Abuse victims want preacher disinvited

He’s accused of concealing child sex crimes

But he is to speak at major Protestant conference

Group says his role “will deter others from reporting abuse

SNAP: “And it rubs salt into wounds of those hurt on his watch”   

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KY--Ex-Owensboro priest named in new grand jury report

For immediate release: Thursday, March 31

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A predator priest from Pennsylvania was quietly moved to Kentucky, according to a recently-released grand jury report. We believe he molested kids in the Owensboro area and fear that some of them are still in pain and have yet to come forward and get help.

    

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IL--Another Chicago predator cleric case settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president and founder of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

Once again, Chicago area Catholic officials have paid a settlement to a victim of a child molesting cleric but told no one about it.

The painful, slow “drip, drip, drip” of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases continues, in Chicago and across the US. But we learn about the most recent case not from Catholic officials – who persist in their selfish and seemingly endless secrecy - but from a brave victim and his attorney.   

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MI--Detroit priest is accused of abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

In an extraordinarily vague and short announcement, Detroit Catholic officials admit that a priest is a credibly accused child molester. But they refuse to disclose his whereabouts or aggressively seek out others he has hurt. Shame on them.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/03/29/archdiocese-detroit-child-sex-allegations-credible/82387284/

    

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MA--Another MA predator priest case settles

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Catholic officials are disclosing that a clergy sex abuse and cover up case has settled. We hope that this resolution will prod others with information or suspicions about child sex crimes by Fr. Paul J. Archambault to come forward and get help from independent sources.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/03/roman_catholic_diocese_of_spri_15.html   

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