Media Statements

MN--Secret records about abusive Duluth cleric are released

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, SNAP director Northern Minnesota (218-340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

More than 900 pages of long-secret records about a child molesting cleric who worked in Duluth have been released and are now on-line, because abuse victims insisted on the disclosure as part of a legal settlement. Duluth Catholic officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about him and his crimes. Duluth parents and parishioners should read up about him and tell others about him. If he hurt even one child during his six years in northern Minnesota, we want that suffering person to know that he or she is not alone.

He’s Father Brennan Maiers. (His photo is at BishopAccountability.org) In the 1990s, he worked as a chaplain at three places in Duluth: St. Scholastica Monastery, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Duluth Federal prison camp. He now lives at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

http://www.startribune.com/in-a-landmark-move-st-john-s-abbey-releases-files-on-child-abusing-monks/365821711/

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MI--Accused archbishop leaves new Michigan post; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Statement by Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Accused Archbishop John Nienstedt is leaving his Battle Creek Michigan post. But Catholic officials in Rome, Kalamazoo and St. Paul should have ordered him to leave. For the safety of the parishioners and the public, he should not ever be put back into ministry. Doing so would be a risky, callous move that would reward and encourage more recklessness and deceit.

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/01/controversial_archbishop_leave.html

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OR--Secret records about ex-OR abusive cleric are released

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

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

Long-secret records about a child molesting Catholic cleric who worked in Oregon have been released because abuse victims insisted on the disclosure as part of a legal settlement. Oregon church officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about him.

He’s Father Raymond Francisco Schulte. (His photo is at BishopAccountability.org) As recently as 2010, he was living in Rome. But around 1998, he worked at three missions of the Parish of St. Patrick in Madras, Oregon (in the Baker diocese).

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/62/St-Johns-Abbey-faces-new-abuse-suit.aspx

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AZ & UT--Victims applaud unusual trial involving Mormon sect

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

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

We applaud the US Justice Department for its unusual civil rights case, going to trial now in Phoenix, against two towns on the Arizona-Utah line “that authorities say were acting as agents of a corrupt polygamist regime,” according to the Associated Press. We hope federal authorities prevail over officials with Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, who are accused of showing favoritism to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, helping sect leader Warren Jeffs while he was a fugitive, and discriminating against adherents of other faith groups.

http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10197/tucson-lawyer-who-sued-arizona-utah-towns-discrimination-looks-ahead-doj-trial

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PA--Molesting minister is arrested; Now, investigate his colleagues

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

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

We are thrilled that Rev. Jacob Malone has been arrested but we hope law enforcement officials will investigate and perhaps charge others at his churches – in Minnesota, Pennsylvania or Arizona - who may have ignored or concealed his child sex crimes.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pastor-Jacob-Malone-Return-Teen-Sex-Assault-Charges-365732351.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_PHBrand

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MA--Accused Boston area predator priest won’t be charged; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19

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

Just because a prosecutor isn’t filing charges now against an accused predator priest does not mean that the cleric is innocent.

http://www.itemlive.com/news/da-not-prosecuting-lynn-priest/

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MI--Detroit bishop brings controversy to Michigan

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

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

A Detroit priest who rose to become an archbishop but resigned amid controversy is back in Michigan and generating more controversy. He’s accused of sexual impropriety with several Detroit area seminarians, retaliating against one who rebuffed his advances, concealing clergy sex crimes, and interfering with an investigation into his alleged sexual misdeeds.

For seven years, Archbishop John Nienstedt headed the Catholic church in St. Paul Minnesota. But he stepped down last year ten days after prosecutors filed criminal charges against Nienstedt’s archdiocese, becoming “the nation's first (to be) charged with failure to protect children,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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NH--Victims prod AG to go after predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), David Ouellette, NH SNAP Leader (603-833-0391, SNAPNH@SNAPnetwork.org)

Victims urge prosecutors to pursue predator priest

He admitted abuse and pledged to stay away from kids

But he’s worked for years at two more NH churches

SNAP to AG: “Investigate whether he violated plea deal”

Group also prods Hillsborough County Attorney to act

A victims’ support group is urging New Hampshire prosecutors to investigate whether an admitted predator priest broke a legal agreement that he stay away from children.

Fr. Mark Fleming, who now lives in Manchester, “admitted molesting three boys” and “signed an agreement that forbade him from ‘participating in any future religious, educational, or organized social programs which involve children,’” according to legal documents and news accounts.

“The Hillsborough County Attorney’s office agreed not to seek indictments if Fleming stuck to the deal,” the Concord Monitor reported yesterday.

But until recently, Fr. Fleming worked at South Parish Unitarian in Charlestown, NH (603 826 3418) and before that at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield(603-256-6193betseybrackett@hotmail.comShanjmac@gmail.com).

http://www.concordmonitor.com/photos/20537659-95/former-priest-barred-from-contact-with-anyone-under-16-turns-up-at-other-nh

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MI--Controversial archbishop denies all wrongdoing; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

“I’m being picked on because of the evil news media’s and gay marriage supporters.” That’s what the just-moved ex-head of the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese told his new Michigan flock last Sunday.

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2016/01/17/archbishop-reports-past-job-misleading/78858416/

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PA--Philly Catholic officials still want secrecy in child sex case

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

Statement by Karen Polesir of Ambler, SNAP Philly director (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

Philly Catholic officials have just lost their bid to keep secret facts about a clergy sex abuse and cover up case. Shame on them for trying to hide the truth and violate, again, their often-repeated but often-broken pledges to be “open” about pedophile priests.

http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202747309476/Archdioceses-Confidentiality-Request-in-Sex-Abuse-Case-Denied?mcode=0&curindex=0&curpage=ALL

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WA--Victims are skeptical of Archdiocesan predator priest list

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 15, 2015

Statement by Mary Dispenza of Seattle, Seattle SNAP director (425 941 6001mdispenza@icloud.com)

Every time a predator’s name is publicized, kids are safer. But we suspect this is an incomplete list that was prompted by external pressure. Seattle Catholic officials should have disclosed and posted these clerics’ names long ago. Now, they should put them in each parish bulletin, several times a year, and permanently on each parish website.

About 30 US bishops have taken this step, almost always belatedly, grudgingly, incompletely and only because parishioners, prosecutors or lawmakers prod them to do so.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm

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NJ--Newark archbishop hides abuse accusation for months; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

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

Again, Newark Catholic officials, including Archbishop John Myers, are knowingly putting kids in harm’s way by keeping credible accusations of child sex crimes from parishioners and the public.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/sex_abuse_claims_from_1980s_lead_to_priests_suspen.html#incart_river_home

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