Media Statements

WI--National paper compares 2 Catholic bankruptcies; Milwaukee looks bad

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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)

An independent Catholic newspaper has compared church bankruptcies in Milwaukee WI and Helena MT. Predictably and rightfully, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is exposed as particularly callous and foolishly litigious.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/bankruptcy-dealings-helena-diocese-sets-alternate-example

Both dioceses “faced two dozen lawsuits” and “established $21 million funds to compensate victims” though Milwaukee is much larger,” the National Catholic Reporter found, but

--Helena settled in 13 months” while “Milwaukee took nearly five years,”

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AZ--Hearing today for ex-priest accused of murder

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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 disappointed that an accused murderer and ex-priest is fighting extradition to Texas from Phoenix. We hope his bid to keep evading justice fails and that the court system moves quickly to try him.

And we’re disappointed that his long-time former Catholic colleagues are apparently doing nothing to persuade him to face justice or to help law enforcement prosecute him. For more than a half century, John Feit has been the sole suspect in the murder of Irene Garza.

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NJ--Predator priest dies; Victims blast archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2014

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)

A predator priest, Fr. Gerald P. Ruane, has passed away. As best we can tell, Newark Archbishop John Myers kept this quiet, denying abuse victims months of comfort. Myers seems incapable of handling any part of the church’s on-going abuse and cover up crisis with honesty and compassion.

http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1152484/Ruane--Rev-Gerald.php

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NY--Victims respond to alleged abuse on school buses

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

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

We are not reassured that Catholic officials say they’re investigating alleged abuse on a school bus. Church staff claim all the time that they conduct such investigations but rarely substantiate any wrongdoing. We believe it’s far better and safer to let the independent and experienced professionals in law enforcement look into such accusations rather than the biased and often self-serving bureaucrats in church offices.

http://wivb.com/2016/02/23/state-education-dept-to-investigate-alleged-abuse-on-buffalo-school-buses/

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SPAIN--A former Spanish priest quietly ousted twice in the US

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

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

A priest who spent at least three years in Spain has been ousted from ministry in two US dioceses for having “inappropriate images of students” in one and having “inappropriate conduct with parishioners” in the other. Now, his whereabouts are unknown. We fear he may have hurt parishioners in all or some of the six places he worked or studied. And we fear he’s still on the job in a parish somewhere.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/removal-of-international-catholic-priest-from-belleville-diocese-kept-quiet/article_3314b603-a2fc-5406-b62e-e59d6f32b691.html

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IL--Ex-Springfield minister faces child sex charges

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

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

A hearing is set for next month for a former Springfield minister who faces child sex charges in Chicago but was also investigated for similar crimes in 1990. We urge Baptist officials in Springfield and Chicago to

Rev. George W. Waddles Sr. worked in the 1980s at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield (601 E, Laurel St, 217-528-6113), which is apparently the city’s first African American congregation. We fear he may have sexually assaulted girls there too.

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IL--Another troubled priest quiet ousted; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

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

Once again, a priest who was ousted elsewhere for having ­­“inappropriate images of students” was quietly sent to our area to work with no warning to parishioners. And once again, a priest who engaged in “inappropriate conduct” here has been quietly sent away, with no notice to parishioners, and is probably working now among unsuspecting colleagues and congregants in Philadelphia, Phoenix or Portland.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/removal-of-international-catholic-priest-from-belleville-diocese-kept-quiet/article_3314b603-a2fc-5406-b62e-e59d6f32b691.html

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NJ--Victims urge bishop to disclose info on accused priest

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

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

Apparently, a New Jersey priest is accused of beating a 70 year old man and putting him in a coma. We hope Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan will shed some light on this troubling accusation.

http://dailypost.ng/2016/02/17/catholic-priest-goes-berserk-beats-septuagenarian-to-coma-for-using-juju-to-attack-him-at-altar/

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Australia--Victims respond to Cardinal Pell’s abuse denial

For immediate release: Monday, February 22

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

The third highest ranking Catholic official on earth is accused of molesting five to ten boys.

From the Daily Mail: “As police consider travelling to Rome to question Cardinal George Pell over the child sex abuse allegations, Australia's top Catholic has been seen strolling along the streets in the early spring sunshine.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3457098/Cardinal-George-Pell-speaks-time-allegations-sexually-abused-minors.html

    

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WV--SNAP responds: Former WJ coach charged with sex crimes

For immediate release: Friday, Feb 19, 2016

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511SNAPJudy@gmail.com

A former assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit University and YMCA counselor has been charged of sex crimes against a minor  We hope that

--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement immediately, 

--officials at the YMCA and at Wheeling Jesuit – along with Bishop Michael J. Bransfield - will aggressively seek out other possible victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.

Maqsood Harrington is accused of sex crimes against a 17-year-old girl at the YMCA,  We fear he may have hurt others at Wheeling Jesuit and St. Clairsville High School.

http://wtov9.com/news/local/former-ymca-counselor-accused-of-sex-abuse

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Rome--Victims urge pope to suspend Pell

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 19

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, California, SNAP western regional director (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Over a year, more than a dozen cops and say they’ve found five or ten alleged victims of Pope Francis’ top aide. That’s pretty credible and serious. For the safety of kids, the pontiff should suspend Cardinal George Pell.    

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Rome--Victim of just-restored convicted perp priest blasts Francis

For immediate release: Friday, February 19

Statement by Megan Peterson, abused by Fr. Jeyapaul in MN, survivor19@live.com, 218 684 0073

Yesterday, Pope Francis added insult to injury when he said a bishop who transfers a predator should resign and asked "Is that clear?" Just days ago, the Vatican lifted the suspension of my perpetrator, even though he was pled guilty to child sex crimes. So, no, Francis, you are NOT clear. Your words do not match your actions.  

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