IRE - Victims applaud N.I. abuse inquiry

For immediate release Monday, January 13, 2014

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

A formal governmental inquiry into child sex crimes and maltreatments at Northern Ireland institutions – many run by Catholic organizations – begins today.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/13/care-home-abuse-inquiry-northern-ireland 

Our hearts break for these thousands of brave victims of child molesting clerics, many of whom suffered years of abuse at the hands of those entrusted with their care. Several hundred will offer testimony. We suspect that many more cannot or will not because they continue to struggle and suffer today.

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MN - Catholic officials want more secrecy; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2013

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (952-334-5180frankameuers@gmail.com)

Minnesota Catholic officials want a judge to give them a break and slow down the forced disclosure of names of priests who are accused of abuse. That’s irresponsible.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/11/catholic-officials-want-more-time-before-naming-priests-recently-accused-of-sexual-abuse

Any such delay would endanger kids. These accused priests have already been protected and hidden and transferred for decades. No good comes from further delay.

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SNAP responds to new Catholic cardinals

For immediate release: Sunday, Jan. 12, 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 grateful that Pope Francis named none of the eligible U.S. archbishops (Chaput of Philadelphia, Vigneron of Detroit, and Lori of Baltimore) as a new cardinal.

 

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Rome--Vatican again protects a predator

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 10

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Today, there’s yet another clear sign ththat nothing’s changing in the Catholic hierarchy: Vatican officials are refusing to extradite a credibly accused child molesting church official.

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/158234,Vatican-refuses-to-extradite-Polish-archbishop-accused-of-child-sex-abuse

Pope Francis can ride buses, carry luggage, charm reporters and be humble all he wants. If he wants to stop kids from being raped and sodomized, however, he must act. He must reverse the centuries-old practice of Vatican officials protecting other Catholic officials from law enforcement. And he’s not a young man. He should start now. 

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NY - Christian school in Bronx sued for abuse

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9, 2014

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

A brave you woman is suing New Covenant Christian School in the Bronx for the child sexual abuse she suffered there.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/01/new_christian_covenant_school_abuse_suit.php

We applaud Shannon Young for having the courage to step forward and reveal the abuse she suffered at the hands of Edward Mills, a teacher at New Covenant Christian School and for having the wisdom to work within the judicial system. Because of her lawsuit, filed on Monday in State Supreme court in the Bronx, the community will be warned about Mills and can take steps to protect the children.

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MO - Archbishop loses at appeal court

Archbishop loses at appeals court

Victim is “a step closer” to getting 115 accused predators’ names

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

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

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KY - Victims question whether offender should be attorney

For immediate release: Thursday, January 9, 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 convicted child sex offender wants to become an attorney.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/05/sex-offender-looks-to-gain-admission-to-kentucky-bar/ 

We should think long and hard before giving positions of power and prestige to convicted child sex offenders. Adults who sexually exploit kids often also exploit their job titles and professional status to gain access to vulnerable families and hurt children.

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IL - To Chicago Priests

Dear Chicago priest:

By now, you’ve seen a letter that Cardinal George wants you to give your flock this weekend. Please ask yourself this question: “Does that letter help protect the vulnerable?”

It does not.

And ask yourself: “Does that letter help heal the wounded, expose wrongdoers or deter wrongdoing?”

Again, it does not.

The letter burnishes your boss’ image. It misleads people. It causes complacency.  Because it is self-serving and deceptive, it rubs salt into the already-deep and often still-fresh wounds of suffering victims and betrayed Catholics.

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MO--Victim asks second court to sanction archbishop

Victim asks second court to sanction archbishop

His emergency writ appeal is “frivolous,” she says

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

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

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SC--Pedophile priest case can proceed

For immediate release:  Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The SC Supreme Court has ruled that a clergy sex abuse and cover ups case –involving two victims and their mother – can proceed.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140108/PC16/140109480/1005/priest-sex-abuse-suit-can-go-to-trial-sc-supreme-court-rules

We are grateful to these brave victims and their mother for having the strength to seek justice and the patience to endure long delays and harsh defenses by Catholic officials.

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Vatican - Pope's choices for cardinal

For immediate release Wednesday, January 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)

Soon, Pope Francis will name new cardinals. We suspect that each of his choices will be men who are hiding records that are protecting child molesting clerics and are endangering innocent children. 

http://davidgibson.religionnews.com/2014/01/06/pope-francis-pick-new-cardinals-put-stamp-succession/

Pope Francis should be demoting archbishops, not promoting them. Until at least a few top Catholic officials are disciplined and denounced for concealing child sex crimes, top Catholic officials will keep concealing child sex crimes.

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IL - Chicago's top Catholic official plays the "blame game"; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

It's distasteful to see Chicago's top Catholic official plays the "blame game" about a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Daniel McCormack, who severely hurt perhaps dozens of innocent childrenbut would have been stopped much sooner if only Cardinal Francis George and his staff hadn't covered up.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Catholics-to-See-Letter-on-Abuse-This-Sunday-239117041.html

First, George blames his deceased predecessor.

Then he blames nameless "people" who might have "been more wary.”

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