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GA- Catholic bishop loses & victim wins; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Atlanta's Catholic archbishop has lost his bid to stop a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit on a technicality. Shame on him for even trying.

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MO- Another St. L predator priest “outed”

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

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

Another predator priest has been “outed". But more than 50 St. Louis predator priests identities are still under wraps because Catholic officials continue to protect wrongdoers rather than kids.

 

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MO- Predatory preacher is guilty; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 

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

We are deeply grateful that now women and girls will be safer because a jury has found that a woman who reported being assaulted by Rev. Stan Archie will be paid $350,000. While no amount of money can adequately compensate a victim of clergy sexual violence, this sum makes it clear that an impartial jury found that church officials acted recklessly with the safety of their flock.

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Canada- Predator priest passes away, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014              

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We are sad for the family of a notorious serial predator priest, Father William Hodgson Marshall, who has passed away. But we are relieved that he can no longer devastate any young lives.

 

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Guam- Victims blast archbishop: Come clean about priest

For immediate release: Thursday, August 07, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) 

Victims blast archbishop: Come clean about priest

He knew about banned cleric, sex abuse allegations

LA lawyers even called and warned him, but 

Archbishop told San Francisco cleric had "good standing" 

Come clean, protect kids, SNAP says

Victims of child sex abuse are asking why the Guam Archbishop ignored warnings about a predator priest and kept the priest in active and prominent ministry. They are also demanding direct action to prevent future abuse and cover-ups.

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FL- Predatory doctor sued; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Dr. Manuel Abreu has been sued again for sexual assault. We applaud this second brave woman for taking steps to protect others from a dangerous man.

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OH- Board takes deacon's license, SNAP seeks answers

For immediate release:  Thursday, August 7, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Judy Jones (636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

Deacon loses teaching license 

SNAP to bishop: "Tell parents why"

Four others were disciplined at same time

Each has been credibly accused of molesting kids 

Victims say “Catholic officials must now finally 'come clean'” 

Education officials have permanently revoked the teaching license of a Catholic deacon and a victim’s support group is calling on Youngstown's bishop and parochial school staff to explain why. 

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KY- Western KY priest is sentenced, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A Kentucky priest, who pled guilty to child sexual abuse, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and must register as a sex offender. We are glad that he will be going to prison, but believe he should have received a harsher punishment. 

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PA- Pgh Catholic outreach should be mandatory

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Pittsburgh Catholic officials are sending letters to parishes where a just-accused predator priest worked.

We appreciate the courage of victims abused by Fr. John "Jack" Ftzgerald. Their bravery is to be commended. Because they spoke up, more victims who may be suffering in silence and self blame may also find comfort and start healing.

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MN- Victims urge Pope to oust St. Paul archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Victims pass resolution for archbishop's removal

They cite cover-up of abuse and “hidden evidence” 

SNAP to all Minnesota bishops: Beg pope to fire archbishop

In response to a months-long clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal in the Twin Cities, a support group for victims of sexual abuse is calling for the immediate removal of St. Paul's archbishop.

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OK- Volunteer charged with child sex crimes to be kept in custody, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A teenaged missionary from Oklahoma, who last month was charged with sexually abusing several young children from an African orphanage, will remain in custody. Our hearts ache for the vulnerable children who, instead of receiving much needed aid, were sexually assaulted. We are glad he will be kept in custody and hope officials provide outreach for other children who may have been abused. 

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Rome- Vatican confirms predator priest is ousted

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

The Vatican confirmed today that Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, a credibly accused serial predator, has been suspended from his post as deputy bishop of a diocese in Paraguay.

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