Media Statements

ME--Maine predator priest is defrocked

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 16

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)

A man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican. But no one seems to know where he is. Maine’s bishop must do more to protect children from him.

https://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/16/news/state/vatican-permanently-dismisses-former-maine-priest-for-sex-abuse-of-a-minor/   

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MN--Catholic diocese declares bankruptcy

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

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)

Archbishop John Nienstedt is exploiting secular bankruptcy laws to protect himself and his top aides from embarrassment and inconvenience. This decision is not about money, it's about selfishness.

It's no coincidence that Nienstedt does this on the eve of three trials at which dreadfully damaging testimony by a range of victims, witnesses and whistleblowers would have been laid bare for the public to see. That's almost always the way Catholic church bankruptcy filings happen.   

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AK--Allegations of abuse at Orthodox school

For immediate release: Friday, January 16, 2015

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

A new website makes serious allegations of abuse at an Orthodox school in Kodiak.

https://academyabuse.info/   

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MO--Victims blast Ft Wood officials over rape case

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 15

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

A detailed report of sexual abuse by an Army sergeant in today’s Post Dispatch raises troubling questions about how seriously senior officers at Ft. Leonard Wood take the safety of enlisted personnel.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/how-a-sexual-predator-operated-under-the-radar-at-ft/article_307d5184-fe2f-56e5-9baa-9a77438c897d.html   

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MO--Minister sued for abuse is still on the job

For immediate release Thursday, January 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 civil abuse lawsuit against Wayman AME church officials and Rev. Frederick McCullough

has been settled, yet Rev. McCullough remains head of another congregation. We beg his flock to oust him before he can hurt others.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/lawsuit-alleges-sexual-harassment-by-minister-at-ame-church-in/article_043e87f3-9855-5085-a733-b083eb878d01.html   

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SD--Victims blast Sioux Falls bishop for honoring accused predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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)

Monday, in an act of stunning insensitivity, a South Dakota bishop dedicated a building to his predecessor who was accused of molesting three children.

Sioux Falls Bishop Paul J. Swain led a public ceremony to name dedicated a homeless shelter after the now-deceased Bishop Paul V. Dudley, who alleged sexually abused in the St. Paul archdiocese.

http://www.kdlt.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40971&Itemid=57

http://www.sfcatholic.org/Bishop/documents/Bishop%20Dudley%20Hospitality%20House_12-Jan-2015_opening%20&%20blessing.pdf   

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PA--Victims tell Penn State: "Let go of Paterno's victories"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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 )

Penn State officials are trying to get NCAA officials to “re-instate” all of Joe Paterno’s “wins.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2015/01/13/penn-state-sanctions-ncaa-joe-paterno-victories/21688509/   

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NE--Victims want new Nebraska bishop to focus on kids' safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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)

Soon the Vatican will appoint a new bishop for the Grand Island diocese in Nebraska.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/bishop-to-be-named-next-week-to-replace-dendinger-who/article_72e6ddc4-f94a-57c0-b0d3-c42588f4a503.html   

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MA--O’Malley must fire two staff & defrock one priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

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)

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley must do more than let a priest, principal and teacher resign. He must defrock the cleric and fire the other two.

http://www.whdh.com/story/27841434/3-school-staff-in-revere-resign-amid-indecent-exposure-incidents   

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MO--Female KC priest excommunicated but no predators have been

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

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 )

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn has excommunicated a woman who was recently ordained a priest. http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/kansas-citys-first-woman-priest-has-been-excommunicated   

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MN--St. Thomas University staff should be fired

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

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

It’s time for students and staff at the University of St. Thomas to demand that wrongdoers are fired and a real investigation is launched into how much school officials knew about – and how little they did about – child sex abuse allegations against the popular, charismatic but predatory Fr. Michael Keating.   

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National--Seeds of Hope website launched, victims' group voices concerns

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 13th

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

A website offering “Orthodox Christian healing and counseling” was launched earlier this month. According to the website, Seeds of Hope is a national, non-profit organization of licensed therapists who are also Orthodox. Also according to the site, these therapists will provide free, confidential counseling for Orthodox victims of clergy abuse.

http://www.orthodoxchristianhealing.com/   

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