Media Statements

IL- Cardinal George of Chicago passed away; SNAP responds

For immediate release April 17, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President and Founder - bblaine@snapnetwork.org; 312-455-1499 (office), 312-399-4747 (cell)

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Chicago's Catholics and everyone grieving the loss of Cardinal George, including the many members and supporters of SNAP who are faithful Catholics who relied on George for guidance and prayer.

 http://abc7chicago.com/religion/francis-cardinal-george-dies-after-cancer-battle/666252/

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WA--Victims blast Spokane priest "innocence" claim

For immediate release Friday April 17, 2015

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

Today, in Spokane the acting head of the diocese, the Rev. Michael Savelesky, announced that he was restoring a suspended and accused, several times, predator priest back to ministry. While several charges against Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, the former director of Morning Star Boys Ranch, were taken to trial others were investigate outside of the courts in secret by an individual, hand-picked by the bishop. No details were given about the unusual and untested process (Did the panel interview the accuser? How many other people did the panel talk with?) SNAP wants diocesan officials to be more forthcoming about the procedure he used in this case and others.  

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GA--Victims abused as “missionary kids” meet in Atlanta

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16, 2015

For more information: Rich Darr cell phone: 815 370 4703, rsdarr@earthlink.net

Abuse victims to hold meeting in Atlanta

“Missionary kids” were molested overseas

Their parents proselytized in developing nations

Children were put in ill-prepared boarding homes

Adults who were sexually, physically and emotionally abused overseas in Christian settings are holding an international conference this weekend (Apr 17-19) in Atlanta, GA.    

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MO--Abuse lawsuits vs. 2 St. Louis priests settled

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Cases settled vs. two predator priests

Both were from Joliet diocese but worked here

One was a Missouri state social worker in 2002

The other is the 1st priest deemed "sexually violent predator"

He allegedly had 25 victims and worked at five St. Louis sites

One cleric is still in prison; the other may still be living here

Catholic officials in an Illinois diocese have settled 14 clergy sex abuse and cover up cases involving five priests – two of whom worked in St. Louis - for $4.1 million.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/chicago-personal-injury/hurley-mckenna-mertz/prweb12653765.htm   

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WV--Victims blast Mormon officials in “bizarre” abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16

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

In an outrageous perversion of justice, victims of a twice-convicted serial child molester are being forced to pay half the legal fees of two court-appointed private lawyers in a civil abuse and cover up case, thanks to stunningly callous and aggressive legal tactics by Mormon church officials.

http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/632521/Appeals-court-to-hear-sexual-abuse-case.html?nav=5006   

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VA--More abuse cases settle vs. notorious Catholic cleric

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (h: 636.433.2511, c: 314.974.5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

More civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits involving one of the most prolific child molesting clerics in the US have settled. He's Brother Stephen P. Baker who worked in Norfolk Virginia and four other states (Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio).

http://www.tribdem.com/news/attorney-former-bishop-mccort-students-will-receive-each-in-sexual/article_c7c3af2c-e31f-11e4-a8d5-d30baac52e50.html   

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Canada--Victims blast Catholic school officials for “dangerous secrecy”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 15

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

Shame on Bruce Campbell and every official with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for their reckless, callous and dangerous practice of secrecy in child sex abuse cases.

http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/5558621-sex-abuse-allegations-kept-under-wraps-at-catholic-board/   

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IL--Victims to Joliet Catholic officials: “More to be done”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 15

Statement by Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860, keight@sbcglobal.net)

Now that Joliet Catholic officials have settled more child sex abuse and cover up cases – involving five priests, 14 victims and $4.137 million – the question is “What will Joliet’s bishops do now to protect kids from and help other victims of the 39 publicly accused predator priests in this relatively small diocese?”   

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CA -- Victims blast ruling reducing church abuse award

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14

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

The largest jury award ever in a church child sex abuse and cover up case has been reduced by an appeals court. This is a heart-breaking ruling that will mean more children will be sexually assaulted, more predators will go undetected and more employers will act more recklessly, callously and deceitfully.

http://www.revealnews.org/article/california-court-guts-child-abuse-ruling-against-jehovahs-witnesses/

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CA--Victims blast Archdiocese’s move to “clear” accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 14

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)

Quietly and with little explanation, LA Catholic officials have reversed themselves on a twice-accused predator priest. That priest has now been put back to work. This is incredibly reckless.

http://www.kuam.com/story/28794438/2015/04/14/archdiocese-reinstates-priest-following-la-investigation   

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MS--Predator priest worked in MS; Victims urge outreach

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 who worked in Mississippi is the subject of a recently-filed child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit in Texas. We call on Mississippi’s two bishops to aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by the child molesting cleric.  

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2015/03/fort_worth_sex_abuse_claim.php   

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Rome--Victims to Pope: No "face-saving" on Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Saturday, April 11

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

We beg Francis – again - to both discipline Chilean Bishop Juan Barros Madrid and do so quickly and clearly without the familiar and disingenuous kinds of maneuvers and denials that Catholic officials make in a frustrating and hurtful "face saving" way.  

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