Media Statements

NY--NYC bishop minimizes abuse crisis while maintaining secrecy

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

It’s been more than a decade since the New York Archdiocese has revealed how much it’s spending on clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. (So says self-described “loyal Catholic” Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal.) And a NY bishop is now deceitfully minimizing the scope of the pedophile priest/complicit bishop crisis.

http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2015/01/07/a-response-to-bishop-ohara/

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/08/us/american-archbishops-lavish-homes/   

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OH--Toledo abuse victims blast upcoming Cosby appearance

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, SNAP leader 419-345-9291 , SNAPtoledo@aol.com

We are very disappointed that Bill Cosby will perform soon in northwestern Ohio. We urge promoters and ticket-buyers to reconsider whether they want to be linked with a man who is accused of molesting one child and assaulting more than 20 women. In deference to all victims of violent sexual crimes, we hope the event will be cancelled.  And we hope that at least some who’ve bought tickets will stay away.

https://www.toledoblade.com/Peach-Weekender/2015/01/01/The-laughs-in-Toledo-keep-on-coming-in-the-new-year.html   

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IL- Priest sued for abuse for 3rd time in 3 years

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7 2014

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

A priest who lives in Missouri has just been sued for allegedly molesting a boy in suburban Chicago. We call on the archbishops of Chicago and St. Louis to warn their flock about the credibly accused serial predator.

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MO--Priest who lives here sued for abuse in Chicago

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7

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)

A priest who lives in St. Louis has just been sued for allegedly molesting a boy in suburban Chicago. We call on Archbishop Robert Carlson to warn his flock about the accused predator.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/downers-grove-darien-westmont-woodridge/ct-joliet-priest-abuse-suit-met-0107-20150107-story.html   

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Rome--Pope must correct & denounce Cardinal Burke

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7

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 )

A controversial cardinal “blames gay clergy for the church’s sexual abuse crisis,” and says priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” molested children.

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/01/07/cardinal-raymond-burke-feminized-church-altar-girls-caused-priest-shortage/   

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NY--Victims blast Catholic officials over predator's name removal

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7

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 are grateful that Albany Catholic officials are removing the name of a credibly accused predator priest from a church building but saddened by their refusal to explain why and because of their apparent rationale for the move.

http://www.watershedpost.com/2015/church-strips-accused-priests-name-parish-center  

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MO--Mid Mo preacher on trial soon for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 7

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 an accused child molesting preacher will go on trial soon. But we are appalled at the continuing silence of mid-Missouri ministers over the fact that an accused serial predator is still on the job in a church.

http://www.christiantoday.com.au/article/baptist.preachers.trial.for.child.molestation.delayed.til.mid.january/19181.htm    

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FL--Priest arrested on child sex charge

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 6

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 Catholic priest has been arrested on charges of showing pornography to a boy. Now, Palm Beach’s bishop – and other Catholic employees - must step up and help police by aggressively seeking out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.

http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_22082.shtml  

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WI- Capuchins remove another priest with abuse history, why hasn’t the Milwaukee Archdiocese?

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2014

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

The Capuchin religious order announced today that it has removed from ministry for substantiated reports of child sexual abuse Fr. Robert Harrison, a priest who worked in the Milwaukee and New York Archdioceses as a social worker and youth minister.  Harrison, according to the Capuchins, has admitted to victims in both locations.

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MN--Victims oppose possible Nienstedt successor

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 6

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

A church insider-turned-whistleblower says that an Iowa bishop may temporarily replace St. Paul’s embattled Catholic archbishop. We hope she’s wrong. We hope Pope Francis will pick someone else.   

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CA--In unusual move, Cosby's publicist is sued

In unusual move, Cosby’s publicist is sued; Victims endorse move

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 6

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)

It’s gotten very little attention, but Bill Cosby’s publicist is being sued by an alleged victim of the comedian. We’re encouraged by this and hope it will deter other public relations professions from acting in ways that intimidate rape victims into staying silent.    

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NY--Bronx priest admits abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 5

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

For two full weeks, Catholic officials in New York and Milwaukee have hidden an admission by a priest who worked at a Bronx school that he sexually assaulted kids. Shame on all of them. (See official church statement below.)

On Dec. 22, Fr. Robert Harrison told his Catholic supervisors that he had molested children. He was then suspended from his post at Hayes High School in the Bronx.  

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