Media Statements

KY--SNAP to Archbishop: “’Cooperating’ isn’t enough”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 21

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

Louisville’s archbishop claims he’s ‘cooperating’ with law enforcement in the child porn case involving Fr. Stephen Pohl. That’s not enough.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and his staff must use their vast resources – church websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements, across the whole archdiocese - to aggressively seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and actively help police and prosecutors pursue this criminal cleric.

In our experience (26 years), we’ve learned that when a Catholic official claims he’s ‘cooperating’ with secular authorities, that essentially means he’s merely responding to – rather than fighting – subpoenas. That’s not optional. Ignoring subpoenas is illegal.

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KY--Victims urge outreach in priest porn case

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 21

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

Fr. Stephen Pohl is at least the 65th Louisville Catholic cleric to be accused of child sex crimes. We’re glad church officials are talking about this case but hope they use this opportunity to aggressively prod anyone with information or suspicions about Fr. Pohl to call law enforcement immediately.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/29850776/archdiocese-to-release-details-on-st-margaret-mary-priest-under-investigation-for-child-porn

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OR--“Take action now,” victims tell Portland archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 21

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

A lying, disobedient and creepy Catholic priest is now back in his home country. Portland’s archbishop, who brought him to Oregon and let him escape, should take steps now to protect Philippine families from him and help law enforcement nab him.

We call on Archbishop Alexander Sample to

---write his Philippine colleagues and urge them to suspend Fr. Ysrael Bien and keep him away from children. That’s what a compassionate shepherd would do.

---ask every priest in the archdiocese to read an impassioned plea this weekend from the pulpit, urging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Bien to call police.

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MN-- Victims blast abbey on new abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20

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

We’re saddened but not surprised that another St. John’s cleric is accused of child sex crimes. For decades, this Catholic school has been a hotbed of abuse and cover ups.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/monastery-prior

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CA--Victims blast Fresno judge abuse sentence

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We’re grateful that two predator Fresno teachers will never teach again. But we’re disappointed neither predator will do any jail time.

http://abc7chicago.com/news/2-educators-sentenced-after-sex-with-student/949241/

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OR--Victims blast Archbishop’s spokesman for “deceit”

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
The spokesman for Portland’s Catholic archbishop is either lying or dead wrong about the church’s ability to supervise sex offender clergy.
David Renshaw claims that church officials could not have taken Fr. Ysrael Bien’s passport. (Fr. Bien has fled to the Philippines despite his facing charges of using a hidden camera in a church restroom.)
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OH--Victims seek “outreach” in predator preacher case

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20

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

We are glad an Ohio man is being charged with child sex crimes. And we call on anyone in the Wapakoneta Ohio area who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement immediately.

We also applaud the brave victim who is helping prosecutors pursue this abusive pastor. And we call on current and former church members and staff to aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by this preacher.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150819/ARTICLES/150819625?Title=-Former-youth-pastor-arrested-on-sexual-assault-charge&tc=ar

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TX--Victims urge embattled hospital to take action re predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 20

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

A Dallas area hospital may close soon but before it does, its staff should aggressively reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by an ex-employee who is an admitted sex offender.http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/regulators-to-halt-timberlawn-psych-hospitals-funding-after-judges-ruling.html/

In 2014, Jordan Root admitted his crimes: https://www.scribd.com/doc/266004526/SIM-statement-on-outcome-of-the-investigation-of-Jordan-Root

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FL--Victims applaud unsealing of Scouting predators’ files

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20

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

A Miami judge is ordering the Boy Scouts to turn over pages and pages of records about proven, admitted and credibly accused predators that will eventually be made public. This move will make kids safer and deter child sex crimes and cover ups. We are thrilled that this information will be disclosed.

http://www.pathtojustice.com/blog

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PA--Predator priest lawsuit settles

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20

Statement by SNAP leader Karen Polesir (267-992-9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

We are both sad and glad that a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against Philly Catholic officials has settled.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150820_Phila__Archdiocese_settles_sexual-abuse_civil_suit.html

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NJ--Victims urge action by Virginia Catholic officials

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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

A predator priest worked for three years in a northern Virginia school after raping a boy and fleeing overseas. We urge Virginia school officials and Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde to immediately and aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s crimes.

A new report says that Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza of the Newark Archdiocese admits molesting a boy. When a victim spoke up, two church officials urged him to fly home, Fr. Espinoza says. So he escaped to Equador, and later returned to the US, teaching for years in Virginia and Maryland. Now, Fr. Espinoza is back in Equador, still teaching.

In 2003, Fr. Espinoza fled to South America. From 2005-2008, he worked at Beville Middle School (703-878-2593) in Dale City/Woodbridge Virginia in the Arlington diocese. From 2008-Feb. 28, 2014, Fr. Espinoza taught at Parkdale High School in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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OH--Victims seek “outreach” in predator preacher case

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 19

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

We applaud the brave victim who is helping prosecutors pursue an abusive pastor. And we call on current and former church members and staff to aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by a New Hanover County preacher.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150819/ARTICLES/150819625?Title=-Former-youth-pastor-arrested-on-sexual-assault-charge&tc=ar

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