Media Statements

HI--Catholic Church settles 30 of 40 priest sex abuse lawsuits, Victims respond

For immediate release, February 1, 2016
Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director, 949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31095979/exclusive-catholic-church-settles-30-of-40-priest-sex-abuse-lawsuits

We are proud of the brave men and women who came forward to expose their abuse and hold the Diocese of Honolulu accountable. In the next few weeks—when previously secret documents are made public and we learn more about the scope and scale of the crimes—these survivors will also receive the justice and vindication they deserve. 
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OH--Steubenville Catholic seminarian arrested on child sex charge

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

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

A Catholic seminarian studying to be a Steubenville priest has been arrested in San Diego on child sex charges.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/29/ex-seminarian-charged-with-planning-to-rape-infant-in-mexico.html

 

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VT--Catholic seminarian arrested on child sex charge

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

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

A Catholic seminarian from Vermont has been arrested in San Diego on child sex charges.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/29/ex-seminarian-charged-with-planning-to-rape-infant-in-mexico.html

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FL--Florida Whistleblower is Harrassed by Church Officials

For immediate release: Monday, Jan 25, 2016

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

It's heartbreaking and infuriating that Catholic officials are retaliating against a whistleblower priest who acted exactly as he should by calling police on an admitted predator.

Our hearts go out to Father John Gallagher. Shame on Bishop Gerald Barbarito.

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/ive-been-frozen-out-by-the-church-for-warning-police-about-paedophile-34392990.html

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ND--Victims blast bishops for “dangerous secrecy” re predators

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Catholic bishops in Bismarck and Fargo are refusing to disclose names of predator priests. Shame on them. Their self-serving secrecy leaves kids in harm’s way and parents, police, prosecutors, parishioners and the public in the dark.

http://www.inforum.com/news/3931507-lists-accused-nd-priests-still-under-wraps

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GA--FACT SHEET ON HIDDEN GEORGIA PREDATOR PRIESTS

FACT SHEET ON HIDDEN GEORGIA PREDATOR PRIESTS 

According to legal records, church documents and mainstream news accounts (mostly from outside Georgia) and other sources, these proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting Catholic clerics have worked in Georgia but attracted little or no public attention in the state.

Because we want to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth, we want Georgia Catholic officials to permanently post on church websites the names of all predator priests who have worked or lived – or now work or live – in the Savannah diocese and Atlanta archdiocese. (More on this at the end of this fact sheet.)

Information (and sometimes photos) of these men are available at BishopAccountability.org

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PA--Some charges dropped vs. Penn State staff; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

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

We encourage prosecutors to seek reconsideration of today’s ruling in the Penn State case to the full Superior Court or appeal it to the state Supreme Court. We’re grateful that some charges against Penn State officials are still pending.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/charges-penn-state-administrators-thrown-36451776

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NY--Prison chaplain removed for abuse allegations

For immediate release Thursday January 21, 2016

Statement by Megan Peterson, SNAP leader, survivor19@live.com218-684-0073

Our hearts go out to anyone who was molested by a cleric. If kids are to be safer, we as a society must welcome and support abuse reports no matter when they are made.

In our experience, often sexually troubled clerics are assigned to “special ministries” like prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals. We strongly suspect this isn’t the first allegation against this priest. We hope we’re wrong but bet we are not.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pastor-removed-after-decades-old-sex-abuse-allegations-surface/ 

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MI--SNAP: Kalamazoo bishop makes more hurtful remarks

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

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

Lest anyone feel too positive about Archbishop John Nienstedt’s leaving Michigan, let us make a sad, simple point: It should not take outrage by parents, parishioners and the public to get a Catholic official who’s credibly accused of committing and concealing clergy sexual misdeeds and crimes out of ministry.

http://media.mlive.com/kzgazette_impact/other/Letter%20From%20Fr%20John%20Fleckenstein.pdf

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PA-- Joe Paterno Nike shoes? Nope. “Thanks,” victims say

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

New court records show that Nike dropped a plan to possibly produce shoes honoring Joe Paterno. We're grateful for this decision. But we hope no other profit-seekers are considering similar projects. Honoring Paterno rubs salt into the already-deep and often still-fresh wounds of child sex abuse victims, especially those hurt by Paterno's long-time colleague Jerry Sandusky.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/01/joepa_shoes_court_document_ask.html

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MN & NC--Secret records about ex-NC abusive cleric are released

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

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

Long-secret records about a child molesting cleric who worked in Raleigh and abused two North Carolina brothers have been released because abuse victims insisted on the disclosure as part of a legal settlement. North Carolina Catholic officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about him.

He’s Father Raymond Francisco Schulte. (His photo is at BishopAccountability.org)

http://www.startribune.com/in-a-landmark-move-st-john-s-abbey-releases-files-on-child-abusing-monks/365821711/

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MN--Secret records about abusive Duluth cleric are released

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, SNAP director Northern Minnesota (218-340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

More than 900 pages of long-secret records about a child molesting cleric who worked in Duluth have been released and are now on-line, because abuse victims insisted on the disclosure as part of a legal settlement. Duluth Catholic officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about him and his crimes. Duluth parents and parishioners should read up about him and tell others about him. If he hurt even one child during his six years in northern Minnesota, we want that suffering person to know that he or she is not alone.

He’s Father Brennan Maiers. (His photo is at BishopAccountability.org) In the 1990s, he worked as a chaplain at three places in Duluth: St. Scholastica Monastery, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Duluth Federal prison camp. He now lives at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

http://www.startribune.com/in-a-landmark-move-st-john-s-abbey-releases-files-on-child-abusing-monks/365821711/

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