Media Statements

NY--New bishop nominated for Orthodox Church Victims disapprove of candidate & urge reconsideration

For immediate release: Thursday, February 19, 2015


Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)


A recent special assembly of the Long Island-based Orthodox Church in America (OCA) nominated an episcopal candidate for the long vacant see of the Diocese of the South.


https://www.facebook.com/wilmingtonoca/posts/1038294042852069:0   

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MD--Predator priest – 1 of 6 at one parish – passes away

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 18

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)

One of at least six credibly accused Baltimore predator priests who worked at one Catonsville parish has died. And Baltimore’s archbishop, as best we can tell, kept this secret.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?pid=174125430  

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PA-- Students want Bill Cosby's degrees revoked

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Last week, students at Swarthmore College joined students at Boston University and Yale in questioning why their schools haven’t rescinded the honorary degrees they have awarded to entertainer Bill Cosby.

http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/02/12/bill-cosby/    

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MO--Predator sought to get his conviction tossed out

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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

Predator sought to get his conviction tossed out

Priest pled guilty to child sex crimes in Boonville

But weeks ago, he tried to get judge to free him

He had also molested a New Jersey boy in the 1980s

Cleric had worked in three mid-Missouri counties

After leaving his Catholic post, he was a counselor

SNAP: “He's one of the most egregious child molesting clerics

Late last year, a Catholic priest who lived and worked in three mid-Missouri counties asked a judge to set aside his child sex abuse plea, claiming inadequate legal representation and obstruction of justice.   

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IL--Group begs more victims of Chicago Imam to speak up

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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)

We are grateful that a prominent Chicago Muslim cleric faces criminal assault charges. But now is not the time for complacency. It’s time for every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Mohammad Abdullah Saleem – or cover ups by or at the Institute for Islamic Education – to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-muslim-religious-leader-faces-sexualabuse-charge-20150217-story.html   

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Chile--Victims applaud Chile politicians who appeal to Pope

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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)

More than 50 Chilean politicians are asking Pope Francis to rescind the promotion of a bishop who concealed heinous child sex crimes. We applaud them and join in their call to have Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno demoted.

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2957135_lawmakers-call-on-pope-to-reverse-appointment-of-chilean-bishop.html   

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AK--New pedophile priest records may impact Anchorage bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

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

Many predator priest records to be made public

They may shed light on Anchorage Catholic bishop

Files about pedophiles in his old diocese must be released

And documents about his religious order will be turned over too

A recent court order releasing thousands of pages of church records about accused predator priests may shed light on how Anchorage's archbishop handled clergy sex abuse cases in his previous diocese and his religious order.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/sex-abuse-documents

http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/14/3662227_shrine-priests-ordered-to-release.html?rh=1  

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TX-- Victims want Houston’s Cardinal to do more on abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director (281 748 4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

Houston’s top Catholic official says that some of his colleagues around the world apparently minimize the problem of predator priests and believe it’s “not a universal problem,” according to an interview he gave to a Catholic news source.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/02/14/us-cardinal-voices-doubts-on-vatican-reform-communion-for-divorced/   

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Rome--Papal abuse point man is deceitful

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

It’s wrong and deceptive for Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s to claim that there’s a "perception of a lack of accountability” on the part of church officials. There is indeed no accountability. It’s not a perception problem. It’s a reality.

And it’s a continuing reality.  It’s wrong for O’Malley to speak strictly in the past tense when these crimes and cover ups are happening right now.    

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-francis-sex-abuse-point-man-urges-bishop-accountability-article-1.2117759

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FL--Victims prod bishop to act re soon-to-be-freed predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 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)

For the safety of children, Tampa’s Catholic bishop must take action now about Fr. Robert Schaeufele, a just-freed serial predator priest.

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-south-pinellas/pinellas-park/former-priest-convicted-of-sexually-abusing-kids-get-out-of-prison

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/romano-impending-freedom-for-priest-in-abuse-scandal-stuns-victims/2216431    

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CA--Victims abhor California prison deaths

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 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)

It’s disturbing to read that more sex offenders are killed in California prisons. Violence and vigilantism are always wrong. No one should ever take justice into his or her own hands.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRISON_HOMICIDES_SEX_OFFENDERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-02-16-10-58-04    

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IL--Group praises victims of Chicago Imam

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

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)

Our hearts go out to the four extraordinarily brave women who report having been molested and assaulted by the powerful Muslim cleric Mohammad Abdullah Saleem.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/us/sexual-assault-suit-against-illinois-imam-highlights-a-communitys-divisions.html?src=twr&_r=0&gwh=C87A0FDD0E1314A7A3214A1A9589D56A&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now   

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