Media Statements

CO--Denver predator priest sued for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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

A new lawsuit has been filed against a predator priest who lives in Denver. Colorado Catholic officials should warn parents, police, parishioners, prosecutors and the public about him.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151119/news/151118743/

Read more
1 reaction Share

NY-- Predator priest spent time in Staten Island

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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 predator priest from Long Island spent time in Staten Island. NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan should aggressively seek out anyone he may have hurt in the archdiocese.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/diocese-no-responsibility-for-priest-accused-of-sexually-abusing-li-girl-1.11143337

Read more
1 reaction Share

MO--Victims urge new KC bishop to order staff to see film

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

For more information:  David Clohessy, davidgclohessy@gmail.com314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003

Victims to Bishop Johnston: “Make your staff see new film”

“Stop promoting complacency, start urging vigilance,” SNAP says

A victims group says Kansas City-St Joseph top Catholic official should make every parish and chancery employee go see a new film about the child sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church.

The highly acclaimed movie, Spotlight, opens at Kansas City area theaters today. It’s about how newspaper reporters uncovered decades of complicity in clergy sex crimes in the Boston archdiocese.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing Bishop James Johnston about the film. Officials at the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops have also sent public relations advice to every US diocese about the movie.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/09/catholic-church-leaders-send-guidance-dioceses-dealing-with-spotlight-movie/Y73IyCDYII8lEd24gq3jsI/story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/11/09/spotlight-portrayal-of-sex-abuse-scandal-is-making-the-catholic-church-uncomfortable-all-over-again/

Read more
1 reaction Share

FL--Group praises man who exposed FL politician

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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

In Politico today, a former Congressional page explains his role in the Rep. Mark Foley sex scandal.  

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/11/the-page-who-took-down-the-gop-mark-foley-dennis-hastert-213378?paginate=false

Read more
1 reaction Share

VT--VT bishop takes national position; victims urge “openness”

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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

This week, Vermont Bishop Christopher Coyne takes charge of communication for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. What irony: He takes over during the week that a film called 'Spotlight' opens nationally. That movie depicts horrific deceit and corruption in the Boston Archdiocese, where Coyne worked as Cardinal Bernard Law’s primary mouthpiece, a post he held from 2002-2005. (See Rocco Palmo’s blog “Whispers in the Loggia.”)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/01_02/2011_01_14_BostonGlobe_RevCoyne.htm

Read more
1 reaction Share

MN--Records about Crookston predator priest released

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Several pages of previously-secret records about a serial predator priest who worked in the Crookston diocese and abused in the Duluth diocese have been made public. They paint an unflattering view of the Catholic church hierarchy.

He’s Fr. Charles J. Gormly. Last December, “the Diocese of Duluth included Father Gormly on its official list of clergy members who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse,” according to a Minnesota newspaper.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/11_12/2014_12_14_Brainerd_Dispatch_Priest_at.htm

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/PriestList/231/Charles-Gormly.aspx

Read more
Add your reaction Share

NY--Victims blast L.I. bishop over abuse remarks

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Earlier this year, Pope Francis said "Everything possible must be done to rid the church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and healing for those who were abused."

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Pope-Francis-Everything-possible-must-be-done-to-rid-the-Church-of-the-scourge-of-sexual-abuse-390104

Today, Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy basically said “I disagree.”

Through one of his public relations staff, Murphy claims that he has “no responsibility” for a predator priest who worked in his diocese.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/diocese-no-responsibility-for-priest-accused-of-sexually-abusing-li-girl-1.11143337

Read more
1 reaction Share

IN--Victims applaud Fogle sentencing

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Does 15 years in prison for ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle seem harsh? If so, consider this: “police say they reviewed nearly 160,000 text messages, more than 27,000 emails, and tens of thousands of videos and images.” Judge Tanya Walton Pratt is right: “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme.”

Read more
1 reaction Share

WY--Records about WY predator priest released

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Several pages of previously-secret records about a serial predator priest who worked and abused in Wyoming have been made public. They paint an unflattering view of the Catholic church hierarchy.

He’s Fr. Charles J. Gormly and he worked at churches in Rock Springs, Pine Bluffs, Lander and Laramie. Last December, “the Diocese of Duluth included Father Gormly on its official list of clergy members who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse,” according to a Minnesota newspaper.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/11_12/2014_12_14_Brainerd_Dispatch_Priest_at.htm

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/PriestList/231/Charles-Gormly.aspx

Read more
1 reaction Share

CT--Victims: “Priest should give passport to bishop”

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

We’re disappointed that a predator priest has pled guilty to lesser charges but hope he’s found guilty and harshly punished next month on other charges. And we hope his bishop will insist that the priest turn over his passport so he can’t flee the country.

http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-east-windsor-priest-charges-reduced-1119-20151118-story.html

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/news/latestnews/8031943-129/former-priest-pleads-guilty-to-lesser-charge-in-assault-case.html

Earlier this week, we learned of yet another case (and there have been dozens, if not hundreds like this) in which a Catholic priest who abused a child fled overseas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/17/nyregion/long-island-family-sues-catholic-order-and-diocese-after-alleged-molestation.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

CT--Secret records released re CT predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Ten pages of previously-secret records about a serial predator priest who worked and abused in Connecticut have been made public. They paint an unflattering view of the Catholic church hierarchy.

He’s Fr. Bernard W. Bissonette (a.k.a. Bissonnette). At least nine men have accused him of child sex crimes. One of them, Thomas Deary, committed suicide. Members of the Deary family travelled to New Mexico to confront Fr. Bissonette.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/07_08/2006_07_24_Taylor_TakingOn.htm

In the 1960s, Fr. Bissonette worked in the Norwich diocese at parishes in Moosup, Putnam and Pawcatuck.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/03_04/2006_03_08_Smith_JusticeFor.htm

Read more
1 reaction Share

Vatican-- Vatican says it controls foreigners but not predator priests?

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Catholic officials are showing stunning hypocrisy as they pursue a journalist who they say used “leaked” documents to expose financial misdeeds.

Time and time again, Vatican officials claim they’re powerless over predator priests. That’s the claim they make when secular authorities, like two United Nations’ panels, criticize them for doing so little to prevent clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

But in a stunning display of hubris and hypocrisy, Catholic officials “assert jurisdiction over foreign citizens even when the alleged crime occurs outside the Vatican if the crime is considered to be against the Vatican itself, and if the potential penalty is over three years.” (Their basis for this power grab is a new Vatican law passed in 2013.)

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/11/18/journalist-refuses-to-answer-vatican-prosecutors-questions-over-leaks/

Read more
1 reaction Share