Media Statements and Events

IL--Chicago’s Cardinal lets another wrongdoing cleric just move elsewhere

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

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

For the second time in five months, top Chicago Catholic officials are letting a priest who engaged in sexual misconduct move down the road to even more vulnerable and unsuspecting families where he’s apt to hurt others. It’s a continuation of the callous and irresponsible pattern of moving predators that Catholic staffers have engaged in for centuries.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-archdiocese-marco-mercado-406378595.html?akmobile=o&nms=y

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RI--Predator priest-defrocked by Harrisburg bishop in court today; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

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)

A child molesting Episcopalian priest who worked near Altoona and was defrocked weeks ago by Harrisburg’s bishop is in court today. 

http://www.diocesecpa.org/news/bishop-deposes-priest-named-new-england-prep-school-sex-abuse-case

We applaud the brave victims and law enforcement officials who are prosecuting him. They are reminding all of us of an important lesson – even older child sex crimes and cover ups must be reported to police and prosecutors. And we beg church officials in Pennsylvania and three other states to do aggressive outreach to find and help others who were assaulted by this cleric.

All too often, we all assume “it’s just too late” to pursue those who commit or conceal sexual violence. Increasingly, that’s just not true. Even in decades-old cases, more lawyers, cops and prosecutors are being increasingly creative and aggressive about going after these predators and enablers, a long-overdue move we deeply appreciate.

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