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WI--Court rules that Wisconsin law prohibits examination of possible fraudulent mediations by the Milwaukee Archdiocese

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Today, the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that evidence the Archdiocese deliberately provided false information to procure a liability release in a case brought by one of the deaf victims of childhood sexual assault by the notorious Fr. Lawrence Murphy, cannot be heard in court because of Wisconsin’s “immunity law” on corporate mediation.    

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IL- SNAP responds to Chicago predator priests’ records

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 6 2014

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

Every time clergy sex crimes and cover ups are discussed, kids are safer. But for an institution to hide these records for decades or years – leaving police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public in the dark, and leaving kids in harms’ way – is stunningly irresponsible.

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Rome--Pope allegedly sacks official for financial corruptions

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 5

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)

Though he has demoted no bishop for hiding abuse, Pope Francis said today that he sacked a Catholic official for selling marriage annulments.

http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/115341/Pope-says-official-sacked-for-selling-annulments---update.html

Some lay Catholics will be encouraged by this news. To us, it’s discouraging. It suggests that Frances cares more about financial reform that children’s safety.    

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AL--Birmingham Catholic priest is exposed as abuser for first time

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 5

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 Catholic priest who spent the last two decades of his life working in Alabama has been exposed – for the first time - as a credibly accused child molester. We call on Alabama Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him and to beg anyone with information or suspicions about him to call law enforcement immediately.

http://wwlp.com/2014/10/31/names-added-to-list-of-clerics-accused-of-abuse/    

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NE--Omaha archbishop hides abuse report for 11 months

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 3

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

For 11 months, Omaha’s Catholic Archbishop George Lucas hid a child sex abuse allegation against a priest in one of his parishes. That’s stunningly reckless and callous. Lucas should explain and apologize for his irresponsible delay. And parishioners at that parish – and throughout the Omaha archdiocese – should be outraged.

http://www.ketv.com/news/man-alleges-priest-sexually-abused-him-30-years-ago/29466006   

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CA- Jehovah’s Witness HQ hit with $10 million penalty

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 31 2014

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

The national headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $13.5 million to a victim in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. We hope this wake-up call will prod church officials to take kids’ safety more seriously.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/135M-Awarded-to-Bible-Teacher-Gonzalo-Campos-Alleged-Abuse-Victim-Jose-Lopez-281031832.html

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IL--Cardinal Francis George to release secret sex abuse files

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 31

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

“Cardinal Francis George will soon disclose more priest sex abuse files that have been secret for years.”

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Cupich-Talks-Move-to-Chicago-Addresses-Controversies-281013212.html#ixzz3HgzVuQjH   

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Canada--New claim by convicted archbishop

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30

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 molesting cleric – once Canada’s top Orthodox church official – now claims he has new evidence that might have exonerated. We’re highly skeptical of this claim by Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1644953/former-archbishops-lawyer-cites-new-evidence-in-sex-assault-case/   

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FL--Victims group blasts FL Muslim school

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

It’s heartbreaking that officials at a Muslim school kept silent for months about credible child sex abuse allegations. And now, with the accused predator a fugitive from justice, it’s outrageous that school officials are apparently making little or no effort to protect other kids, help law enforcement and adequately inform parents about the alleged sex offender. We urge parents to unite and pressure school officials to do more to protect kids.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/10/tariq_ahmad_teacher_accused_of_raping_students_at_islamic_private_school_previously_worked_for_browa.php  

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KY--Convicted pedophile priest wants out of prison

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 29

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're worried, but not surprised, that Fr. Shook, a convicted child molester, wants to be released from prison. We hope he fails in this premature effort.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/27154420/rev-james-schook-asking-to-be-released-six-months-into-15-year-prison-sentence   

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MO--Child sex abuse victims back Amendment 2

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 29

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

On Tuesday, we urge Missouri voters to pass Amendment 2 which will help protect kids by enabling law enforcement to catch and convict more child molesters at little or no cost whatsoever to taxpayers. It’s rare when a relatively small rule change can dramatically improve kids’ safety, but this is one instance in which that’s possible.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/editorial-amendment-offers-special-help-for-child-abuse-victims/article_25eadca0-0cff-5316-9697-89edff37d6c9.html   

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WA--Spokane bishop quietly suspends accused priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 30

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

Weeks ago, Spokane’s top Catholic official quietly suspended a credibly accused predator priest. But Bishop Blasé Cupich notified only his flock, not the public. He refused to disclose when the allegations surfaced. He urged other victims to call church officials, not secular authorities. And he made no mention of possible criminal prosecution or of the need for Catholics and citizens to share what they know about the priest with law enforcement. This is disturbing and reckless.

http://www.dioceseofspokane.org/communications/ir_2014/ir101614/wetzler-remove.htm  

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