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NJ--Victims want arrested cleric put in treatment center

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 18, 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)

A New Jersey Catholic cleric has been charged with having and watching child porn. We hope that

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

--students and staff at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen – along with Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski - will aggressively see out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, and

--the cleric’s supervisors will put him in a remote, secure, independent treatment center so he’ll get therapy and be kept away from kids.

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2016/02/catholic_high_school_priest_charged_with_child_por.html

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Canada--Deaf victims of pedophile priests settle abuse suits; SNAP responds

For immediate release Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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

About 60 former students of the Montreal Institute for the Deaf have settled their child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a Catholic group called the Clerics de St. Viateur.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/deaf-students-abused-by-priests-at-clercs-de-st-viateur-win-record-30-million-settlement

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MI-- College finds priest sexually harassed teenager

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 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 Central Michigan University investigation has found that a priest “engaged in sexual harassment” of a teenager who he had counseled and hired.

http://www.cm-life.com/article/2016/02/priest-investigation

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2016/02/report_lawsuit_filed_against_n.html

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TX--Victims disappointed in Dallas Catholic bishop’s promotion

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 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 assistant Dallas bishop has been picked to head the Lafayette Louisiana diocese (where more than 30 years ago, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe became the first pedophile priest in the US made national headlines.) We think this is another irresponsible move by Vatican officials.

Auxiliary Bishop Douglas Deshotel has been in the “inner circle” in the Dallas diocese for years. He’s also been on the priest personnel board and the ‘review board’ that looks at clergy sex abuse reports. We have seen no evidence, however, that he has done anything noteworthy to protect kids and deter cover ups by exposing those who commit or conceal heinous crimes against children. So we are disappointed in Deshotel’s promotion.

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LA--New bishop tapped; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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)

A new bishop has been picked to head the Lafayette Louisiana diocese (where more than 30 years ago, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe became the first pedophile priest in the US made national headlines.) We think this is another irresponsible move by Vatican officials.

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Vatican--Victims agree with Vatican on a key fact

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com

We agree with the Vatican on one key fact: the recent disclosure that new bishops are told they need not call police about abuse reports is nothing new.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/16/vatican-riven-by-internal-battle-over-handling-of-child-abuse-claims

(Exact language: “The Vatican has emphasized that Anatrella’s involvement in the teaching of new bishops did not represent a departure on policy,” according to the Guardian.)

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PA--Minister accused of abuse is now being investigated in NC

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 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 Bedford Pennsylvania minister who is accused of molesting at least three boys is now being investigated for perhaps abusing a child in North Carolina.

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160206/NEWS/160209461

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MI--Kalamazoo predator priest passes; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest 636-433-2511SNAPJudy@gmail.com

Kalamazoo Catholic officials kept silent for weeks about the passing of an accused predator priest and made no mention of his alleged crimes in the very short obituary published in the diocesan newspaper.

In 1985, Fr. Carl Anthony Peltz was accused of forcing a 12 year old to drink whiskey and raping him.

In 1991, Fr. Peltz was sent to a treatment center for predator priests in Missouri.

In 1993, diocesan officials reached a $25,000 settlement with the alleged victim.

In 1997, Fr. Peltz was transferred to the Kalamazoo Diocese where he worked as recently as 2009 in at least eight towns (Parchment, Delton, Lacey, Berrien Springs, Decatur, Buchanan, Portage and Niles).
www.BishopAccountability.org 

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Vatican--Second member of pope’s abuse panel complains; SNAP responds

For immediate release, February 15, 2016

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

A second member of a papal abuse panel is blasting Vatican officials for “great resistance” to child abuse reforms.

Marie Collins of Ireland said she was “horrified, absolutely horrified” to hear that new bishops were told they need not report known or suspected abuse to secular authorities. “It couldn’t be further from best practice if you tried to,” she told the Irish Times in a new interview.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/roman-curia-not-co-operating-with-child-abuse-commission-1.2534608

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/02/15/abuse-survivor-on-vatican-committee-accuses-roman-curia-of-blocking-reforms/

Another panel member, Peter Saunders of the UK, is also critical of the Vatican.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/208717/%E2%80%98on-child-abuse-there-is-no-sincerity-on-francis%E2%80%99-side%E2%80%99

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WA--“Missing” ex-WA abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

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

An abusive Catholic cleric – who worked in Seattle and whose whereabouts were deemed “unknown” by Seattle church officials just weeks ago - is in Hawaii, the Los Angeles Times has disclosed. The revelation casts further doubt on Archbishop Peter Sartain’s claim that his staff worked years on putting together a list of predator priests.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-seattle-serial-molester-20160212-story.html

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OH--Steubenville predator priest passes; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest 636-433-2511SNAPJudy@gmail.com

Steubenville Catholic officials kept silent for weeks about the passing of an accused predator priest and made no mention of his alleged crimes in the very short obituary published in the diocesan newspaper.

In 1985, Fr. Carl Anthony Peltz was a priest in the Steubenville diocese and was accused of forcing a 12 year old to drink whiskey and raping him.

In 1991, Fr. Peltz was sent to a treatment center for predator priests called the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer Missouri (just outside St. Louis).

In 1993, diocesan officials reached a $25,000 settlement with the alleged victim.

In 1997, Fr. Peltz was transferred to the Kalamazoo Diocese where he worked as recently as 2009 in at least eight towns (Parchment, Delton, Lacey, Berrien Springs, Decatur, Buchanan, Portage and Niles).
www.BishopAccountability.org 

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MO--Just arrested murderer/priest spent time in St. Louis; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

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

An ex-priest who was just charged with raping and murdering a beauty queen spent time in St. Louis, a daily newspaper disclosed yesterday.  We fear he may have hurt a woman in here too.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/irene-garza-s-family-feels-weight-has-been-lifted-as/article_08731f56-d2b9-11e5-928d-879164c36842.html

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