Media Statements

MN--Victims applaud judge's ruling on New Ulm abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

We call on New Ulm’s Catholic bishop to promptly and thoroughly comply with a new court order to turn over records about pedophile priests.

We are grateful to the brave victim who is using the civil justice system to get names of dangerous child molesters made public. If kids are to be safer, police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public must know who is committing and concealing heinous crimes against kids.    

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NY--Bishop is 'coldhearted bureaucrat'

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Another credibly accused predator priest has been exposed.

Shame on Bishop Robert Malone for keeping secret about the allegations against Fr. Linus Hennessy. Buffalo parishioners, parents, police and prosecutors should be asking “How many other proven, admitted or credibly accused pedophile priests is Malone covering up for now?”   

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Spain--The clergy sex abuse scandal plaguing Granada

Pope must immediately fire archbishop.

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of London (UK), Spokesperson of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

(+44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael.uk.1982@gmail.com)

Ten priests have been charged for either child abuse or covering up the crime in the biggest clergy sex abuse case in Spain’s history.  So far four courageous victims have come forward. We fear that the number could be significantly higher.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31013653  

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FL--Another Salesian Florida predator priest is outed

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27 

Statement by Dave O’Regan, leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (434 446 6769)

We’re here today to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

For the protection of the vulnerable, we call on Catholic officials in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area to release the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priest who lives or works or has lived or worked in this area, be be they living or deceased, diocesan or religious order, priest, nun, brother, seminarian or other church worker.   

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NY--Group praises Buffalo victims & blast bishop and lawmakers

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

Buffalo Catholic officials should end their secrecy surrounding clergy sex abuse. They should explain why it takes them more than a year to conclude a purported “church investigation” into child sex crimes. And they should “come clean” and disclose the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every single child molesting cleric who lives or works – or lived or worked – in the diocese, whether alive or deceased, diocesan or religious order, whether priests, nun or seminarian, and whether they are proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesters.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/schools/two-ask-pope-francis-to-investigate-how-buffalo-diocese-handled-sex-abuse-claims-20150127  

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VA--VA lawmakers make progress on campus rape bill

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A bill mandating the reporting of alleged campus sexual assaults to police is moving ahead in the Virginia legislature. But it’s a tiny step forward.

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/26/va-senate-panel-oks-mandatory-campus-sex-assault-reporting/22347591/   

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IA--Group blasts IA bishop for helping predator but ignoring victims

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27

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

Des Moines’ Catholic bishop is urging victims of a predator priest to call church officials. That’s wrong. And it’s disturbing to see how well the bishop cares for the needs of the offender while largely ignoring his victims.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2015/01/26/iowa-pastor-asked-pope-priesthood-removal/22374581/   

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NYC's Cardinal Dolan disses NYC & NYT

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 26

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

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan is urging Catholics to not let “outside distractions” likes “polls, rap music, and newspaper editorial pages, especially the New York Times" to influence their decisions.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/07_08/2012_07_22_Martin_AbuseProbe.htm  

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IL- Presbyterian and Catholic officials hide child sex allegations

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 22
Statement Kate Bochte of Chicago, SNAP leader (630 768 1860keight@sbcglobal.net)
Chicago’s top Catholic and Presbyterian officials are acting like cold-hearted CEOs, not spiritual shepherds, when it comes to the crimes of a serial child molesting cleric.
Seven new accusers have filed civil suits that include as defendants the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese and the Chicago Presbytery. These two religious institutions must take action now to aggressively find and help every single person who may have been sexually assaulted by Rev. Douglas Mason. (Mason reportedly sexually violated kids at Presbyterian churches and at St. Gregory the Great High School.)
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IA--Victims to bishop: do more about predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21

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

An Iowa man has been deemed too dangerous to be a Catholic priest and has been formally expelled by the Vatican. But no one seems to know where he is. Des Moines’ bishop must do more to protect children from him and warm others about him.   

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OH--Convicted serial predator priest wants out of jail

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

The latest legal moved by a convicted pedophile priest shows why every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes must speak up.    

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Rome--Pope 'tinkers with tail end' of crisis

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21

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)

Like virtually every other Catholic official, Francis pretends that internal tinkering with church policies will really help prevent abuse. It won’t.

Like virtually every other Catholic official, Francis treats this scandal as an internal matter. It’s not.  

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