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RI--Priest who abused in ND hurt 100s, panel is told

For immediate release: Monday, June 22

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 molested Rhode Island kids, who “abused hundreds of children over decades” and should have never been ordained, a Northern Ireland government panel.

The testimony comes as part of a week-long inquiry into “what opportunities there were to (stop the priest’s abuse) of children and whether any action, or inaction, amounted to systemic failings.”   

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OK-- Victims urge church group to act in Oklahoma sex case

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

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 glad an Oklahoma child molester has been convicted but now his church colleagues must aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected, suffered or concealed his crimes.

http://www.enidnews.com/news/jury-convicts-oklahoma-man-of-abusing-children-at-kenyan-orphanage/article_408f02d6-16aa-11e5-b4f9-1f67e6307063.html

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AL--Victims blast Catholic officials for “secrecy obsession”

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

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)

Shame on Mobile Archbishop Thomas Rodi for spending parishioners’ donations to keep secrets about an accused predator priest.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/06/mobile_archdiocese_again_tries.html    

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HI--Hawai'i bishop does funeral for accused predator in hiding, Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

A Catholic bishop recently led a funeral for an accused predator priest who was hiding in another country.

We just learned that Fr. Anthony Bolger, a priest who is publicly accused of sexually abusing a child in Hawai'i, died months ago while in hiding in Tijuana, Mexico.

http://www.hawaiicatholicherald.com/2015/01/30/obituary-father-anthony-bolger-1943-2015/

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MN--Top church staff hid archbishop’s recent deceit

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

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

Most top Twin Cities Catholic officials did nothing and kept quiet as their boss interfered with and limited an allegedly “independent” investigation into the archbishop’s alleged sexual misconduct.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/nienstedt   

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MO--Charges dropped for second time for Jiang

For immediate release Wednesday, June 17

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)

For the second time in two years, Fr. Joseph Jiang, who has followed Archbishop Robert Carlson to several cities, has escaped criminal prosecution. 

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MN--"Turning the page" is irresponsible

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 17

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

Some are talking of "moving on" and "turning the page" in the Twin Cities abuse and cover up scandal. . .

Such thoughts are misplaced. They show a callous disregard for vulnerable kids.  

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MN--SNAP “New St. Paul archdiocesan head’s first step”

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 16

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

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s replacement should immediately disclose more information about Fr. Gerald Dvorak, the latest Twin Cities archdiocesan cleric to be accused of child sex crimes.   

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MN--Survivor response to Jeyapaul sentencing

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Megan Peterson survivor of Fr. Jeyapaul, 218-689-9049

I was going to wait until I felt I had become centered again. Waiting for myself to be able to approach this in a very formal and graceful manner for you all. To erase all hints of anger and discomfort. To be a put-together, well-oiled machine. But the truth is, life is messy. Our emotions are messy. We cannot always carry ourselves with the grace we have envisioned.   

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MN--Notorious Indian predator priest is sentenced for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Monday June 15

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 pedophile priest will soon be let out of jail. We fear he’ll strike again.

Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul - who worked in two Minnesota dioceses: St. Paul and Crookston - has been sentenced to “time served” for child sex crimes. He’ll be deported to his native India where kids are ever more vulnerable to savvy predators than kids are here.  

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Rome--Archbishop to be tried in Vatican

For immediate release Monday, June 15

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

Vatican officials claimed that the arrest of Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the first inside the Vatican related to allegations of sexual abuse, in order to send a strong signal that even high-ranking Church officials would be held accountable. We dispute this claim. We believe that Wesolowski’s case is being handled internally by church figures for public relations reasons – to give the impression of “getting tough” while actually concealing cover ups and minimizing publicity.  

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MI--Archbishop from Detroit resigns-what's next?

For immediate release: Monday, June 15

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

A Minnesota Catholic archbishop whose archdiocese faces criminal charges for endangering kids has resigned. But this should be just the beginning of a long process of exposing and punishing clerics who put kids in harm’s way.   

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