Media Statements

TX--Popular convicted predator loses appeal; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2016

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

A convicted Austin child molester who was openly supported by several churches has lost his appeal. We are grateful that he’ll stay behind bars and hope he’ll stop appealing. And we hope that the clerics and congregants who publicly rallied for him will now apologize to his victims.

http://m.statesman.com/news/news/appeals-court-affirms-greg-kelley-sex-assault-conv/nqNh7/

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AZ--Victims urge response to today’s Feit developments

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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

We’re disappointed but not surprised that 

--John Feit says he’ll fight extradition

--staff at a Phoenix charity knew Feit was a suspected murderer but kept him around vulnerable families anyway,

--Brownsville’s bishop is trying to distance himself from this horrific while apparently doing nothing to help solve it.

And we’re grateful that a Maricopa County judge sent a $750,000 bond for Feit.

http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/The-Latest-Ex-priest-to-fight-extradition-in-6821199.php

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MO--Victims want Springfield bishop to do outreach in murder case

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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

An ex-priest just arrested for murder reportedly admitted his crimes to at least one colleague in Ava. We call on Springfield Catholic officials to aggressively reach out to anyone in southwest Missouri who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by this former cleric.

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2016/02/10/former-priest-charged-murder-abbey-rape-ava-/80192294/

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Vatican--New bishops are NOT told to call police about abuse, Crux reports

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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

New Catholic bishops are NOT told to call law enforcement when abuse reports are made, according to a veteran Vatican reporter.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/02/07/what-new-catholic-bishops-are-and-arent-being-told-on-sex-abuse/

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AZ--Accused murderer was regular church volunteer;” Bishop must act, SNAP says

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 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 accused murderer and ex-priest was “a regular church volunteer” in Phoenix, the Washington Post reports. In light of this revelation, it’s crucial that Bishop Thomas Olmsted break his silence, take decisive action and help prosecutors pursue Feit.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/10/break-in-unholy-cold-case-police-arrest-former-beauty-queens-priest-in-her-1960-killing/

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-priest-in-connection-with-irene-garza-case/article_4cf55c84-cf8a-11e5-8bb3-e3f2d1496ff9.html  

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AZ--Ex-priest who worked in NM is arrested for murder; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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)

An ex-priest who worked in New Mexico and lives in Arizona has been arrested for murdering a Texas girl. We are deeply grateful that John Feit has finally been charged. Now, Catholic officials in all three states have a moral and civic duty to prod other witnesses to step forward.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-priest-in-connection-with-irene-garza-case/article_4cf55c84-cf8a-11e5-8bb3-e3f2d1496ff9.html 

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OK-- Witness is validated by ex-priest’s arrest for murder

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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

An Oklahoma man is a key witness in the case of an ex-priest who has just been arrested for murdering a Texas girl 56 years ago. We are deeply grateful that John Feit has finally been charged. But we’re especially grateful for the role Dale Tacheny of Oklahoma City has played in this case.

Tacheny has told prosecutors that Feit admitted to him that he killed Irene Garza.  That move – disclosing this information to law enforcement – took considerable courage because, at the time, both men were priests. It’s exceedingly rare

 

 

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MA--Victims seek “action, not apology” from bishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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)

Springfield’s bishop is issuing an apology when he should be protecting kids, exposing predators, punishing enablers and releasing abuse records. Tangible steps will do more to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded that all the words, gestures and apologies. 

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/springfield_diocese_reaches_ou.html

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AZ--Priest arrested for TX murder; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 201

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

A priest who has long lived in Arizona has been arrested for murdering a Texas girl. We are deeply grateful that John Feit has been apprehended

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-priest-in-connection-with-irene-garza-case/article_4cf55c84-cf8a-11e5-8bb3-e3f2d1496ff9.htm

We are thrilled that Rene Guerra – who has refused to aggressively pursue a murder case involving a priest -- was defeated at the polls and that newly elected prosecutor Ricardo Rodriguez honored his pledge to re-open this troubling case.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/elections/article_d68ac28e-a42d-11e3-bc8d-001a4bcf6878.html

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NM--Records from church HQ seized in child sex case; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Police have seized documents from the headquarters of the Catholic church in New Mexico because of a child sex abuse case. We applaud this move and hope it results in top church officials being criminally charged for ignoring or hiding evidence about possible child sex crimes.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/sheriff-s-deputies-seize-archdiocese-records-in-molestation-case/article_2b91556d-d68b-582b-8bdd-657a503d05db.html

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MI--Saginaw priest is sued; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 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 Saginaw priest is being sued for sexually exploiting a college student. We applaud her courage while we deplore the secrecy of Saginaw’s bishop.

http://www.cm-life.com/article/2016/02/father-heames-lawsuit

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MO--Complicit pastor is back on the job; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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

A vengeful, selfish pastor is back on the job while the brave whistleblowers he sued and hurt are still suffering, as are the families whose kids were abused by a now-imprisoned child molester who worked at the church.

http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/02/09/after-six-months-away-pastor-at-center-of-church-cover-up-scandal-returns

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