Media Statements

MO- Newly released records show archbishop's cover-ups

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted to being a sex addict. And Carlson, in turn, became his “close friend” and spiritual advisor too, according to hundreds of pages of long-secret Catholic Church abuse files have just been released. 

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Guam- Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

Twice-accused cleric lived in Guam for years

SNAP: Archbishop knew about abuse but did nothing 

Now exposed, child molesting cleric heads to Bay Area

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting a twice-accused Catholic predator priest for "hurtful, self-aggrandizing comments" he made as he left Guam for California.

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NY- Priest case adjourned until August, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 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 Round Lake priest, who was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor, will go to court August 13. We are grateful this predator is being held accountable, but worried that his case has been adjourned for another three weeks. In this time it is possible that he might abuse more children. 

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IL- Clergy sex abuse group marks 25th anniversary

For immediate release:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

Clergy sex abuse victims hold 25th anniversary conference in Chicago

Group celebrates 25 years of “growth, healing, justice and prevention”

Speakers include Pulitzer prize winner and noted St. Paul whistleblower

The world's largest and oldest support group for men and women sexually abused as children will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at a Chicago conference August 1.

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MT- Victims urge reprimanded MT judge to volunteer

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

 We are glad that Helena Judge Todd Baugh will be suspended in December for his inappropriate rape comments.

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TN- Church should reach out to possible victims SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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 Tennessee youth pastor has been sentenced to 3 years in jail on child pornography charges. We are glad he is going to jail but believe his sentence should have been much stricter. 

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OK- Church must "seek out" victims of just arrested-man, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 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 is accused of sexually abusing several young children from an African orphanage. Our hearts ache for the vulnerable children who, instead of receiving much needed aid, were sexually assaulted. We hope the children will now, more than ever, receive the care they need. 

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MO- Crucial hearing tomorrow for unprecedented $1 mill award

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

Crucial court hearing is tomorrow

It involves embattled Catholic bishop

Judge may OK “ground-breaking” award

Arbitrator says 42 abuse victims to get $1.1 million

SNAP: “Top Catholic official broke his prevention contract”

Group encourages parishioners to attend court session on Wednesday

A Kansas City judge will hear arguments tomorrow about whether an unprecedented $1.1 million award to 42 clergy sex abuse victims should stand or be overturned.

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MO- SNAP: Carlson keeps hurting Fr. Jiang's victims

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 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)

Archbishop Robert Carlson keeps playing “good cop” in the Fr. Joseph Jiang case while letting (or perhaps encouraging) a few misguided parishioners play “bad cop” by publicly professing the priest's alleged innocence despite two accusers, two criminal indictments and a pending civil abuse and cover up lawsuit. 

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MN- Two new predator priests “outed” today, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 2014

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

A new, credibly accused predatory Twin Cities Catholic cleric, Monsignor Jerome Boxleitner, is exposed in today's alarming four-part Minnesota Public Radio series. We hope that every current or former parishioner who spent any time around Boxleitner will ask their children and loved ones if they were hurt by the priest. (MPR reports that “Boxleitner stayed in ministry and remained a prominent Twin Cities leader until his death in 2013.”)

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LA- Victims urge bishop to suspend predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 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)

Recently uncovered files show that an accused predator priest is still on the job in Louisiana and former Lafayette Bishop Harry Flynn covered it up. We urge the current bishop to take immediate action and suspend this cleric immediately.  

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MO- Presbyterian minister sues Presbyterian church

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
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Presbyterian minister sues Presbyterian church

He reports being abused as a kid by mid-MO minister

Convicted for child porn, the accused is also a murder suspect

And he cut off a man's genitals in a botched sex change operation 

A former Presbyterian minister who is a suspect in a missing person case, who pled guilty to sex crimes and who admitted severing a man's genitals in an illegal gender reassignment surgery is now being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy who grew up to be a Presbyterian minister.

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