Media Statements

MA--More Boston predator priest cases settle; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 28, 2016

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

Cases against several child molesting Boston area Catholic clerics have just settled, one of who was allowed to keep working in Massachusetts for years – until 2014 - after having been credibly accused of abusing a child in California.  http://radioboston.wbur.org/2016/03/28/settlements-clergy-abuse

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/03/28/boston-archdiocese-settles-with-victims-clergy-abuse-attorney-says/wlGixSXHESrNKuznIEwHkI/story.html

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MN--Victims urge new archbishop to release report

For immediate release: Monday, March 28, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Now that the reins of the Twin Cities Catholic church are firmly in his hands, and now that Easter has passed,

Archbishop Bernard Hebda must reveal the results of the expensive but still-secret church inquiry into alleged sexual exploitation and misdeeds by his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt.

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CA--LA predator priests settle

For immediate release: Monday, March 28

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

Cases against two ex-LA child molesting Catholic clerics have just settled.

One of them was allowed to keep working for years – until 2014 - after having been credibly accused of abusing a child. The other is a now-defrocked cleric whose crimes in southern California resulted in more than $3 million in settlements.

     

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PA--Victims praise prosecutors for blocking priest’s financial deceit

For immediate release: Friday, March 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud prosecutors who are trying to keep a convicted predator priest from illegally protecting his wealth. We hope they succeed.  http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/10206759-74/maurizio-attorney-haines

According to the Tribune-Review, “The U.S. Attorney's office asked a federal judge in Johnstown Friday to freeze the assets of Fr. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr. who was sentenced to 17 years in prison for molesting boys at a Honduran orphanage, alleging he is transferring his property to relatives.

Shame on Fr. Maurizio’s niece, Christine Shaulis, for her selfish and deceitful involvement in these illegal financial transfers. And shame on Fr. Maurizio’s Catholic supervisors for letting him create a self-run “charity” in the first place.

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WA--Victims urge more disclosures in wake of settlement

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

The settlement of more clergy sex abuse and cover up cases in Seattle shows how little is changing in the Catholic hierarchy. Deeply-held secrets about clerics who commit and conceal sexual violence are pried loose and made public only when brave victims seek justice in court. Without continuous pressure from determined outsiders, prelates like Archbishop Peter Sartain continue to sit on secrets that could make kids safer, expose the truth and bring real healing.  

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MN--Victims blast new Twin Cities archbishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 24

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

The new Twin Cities archbishop is a slightly friendlier version of the old Twin Cities archbishop. This is a disappointing choice for an archdiocese that deserves better and by a pope who knows better.  

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CA—Lawsuit against school district ends in mistrial, victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175,melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A Contra Costa judge declared a mistrial last week after a jury could not agree on a verdict in the lawsuit brought against the Mt. Diablo Unified School District by 12 boys who were sexually abused by elementary school teacher Joseph Martin.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_29643150/joseph-martin:-judge-declares-mistrial-jury-hopelessly-deadlocked

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OH--Catholic seminary makes contradictory claims

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP associate Midwest director 636 433 2511,   SNAPjudy@gmail.com

Columbus Catholic officials seem to be blaming seminarian Joel Wright for fooling them. This seems like a convenience dodge.

Catholic officials want to have their cake and eat it too. They claim they did everything right with Joel Wright. (“Due diligence was carried out,” they claim.) But they also claim they’re proposing possible changes in the future. It’s hard to square these two contradictory claims.

It’s also worth noting that school officials can’t even bring themselves to mentioned Joel Wright by name in their news release. That’s not encouraging.

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AZ--Accused child molester won’t question his victims; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that an accused predator will not cross examine his young victims in court.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/alleged-pedophile-chris-simcox-drops-bid-to-personally-cross-examine-child-victims-8157243

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OH--Catholic seminary makes promises; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 21, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

It’s all well and good to promise “we’ll do better in the future.” Catholic officials, when facing abuse scandals, excel at pledging improvement. They’re usually very poor, however, at follow through.

It’s hard to believe that church officials in Columbus, Steubenville and Vermont were unaware that dozens of seminaries had rejected Joel Wright. And Catholic officials have been talking about better seminary screening for decades. So it’s hard to be enthusiastic about this latest promise.

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CA--Victims urge outreach by Oakland/San Jose bishops in case of recently exposed predator priest, again demand abuser names be made public

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175,melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

In a lawsuit filed recently in the state of Texas Father Milton Eggerling was accused of child sexual abuse for the first time in public. The priest was accused of molesting an altar boy in Austin in the 1970s, beginning when the boy was 11 and continuing for five years.

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/crime-law/lawsuit-filed-against-austin-catholic-diocese-over/nqjjG/

The attorney for the victim, Tahira Khan Merritt, said that Eggerling, who was ordained in 1954, was a priest for a long time and likely had more victims. She also said that her client filed the lawsuit hoping that others would come forward.

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/crime-law/lawsuit-filed-against-austin-catholic-diocese-over/nqjjG/

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Eggerling_Milton.htm

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WA--Victims want accused predator suspended

For immediate release: Friday, March 18, 2016

For more info: David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com


Victims want accused predator suspended

Almost 3 weeks ago, he was sued for abuse

Alleged crimes took place for over a decade

But he is apparently being keeping on the job

SNAP: “He’s crossed the river & now deals with alcoholics

Group urges Catholic officials to “reach out to other victims

An alleged predator priest is still on the job in the Seattle archdiocese today and a victims’’ group wants him ousted.

In a civil lawsuit filed three weeks ago in Oregon, for the first time publicly, Fr. Emmerich Vogt was accused of being a child molester. But his Catholic supervisors have not suspended him.

http://katu.com/news/local/lawsuit-claims-priest-sexually-abused-portland-boy 

http://roggendorf-law.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/complaint-copy.pdf

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