Media Statements

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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MN--High ranking church official lies to colleagues

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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

Can proof of deceit possibly be clearer? The newly disclosed email from Fr. Kevin McDonough is conclusive evidence that he endangered kids and lied to a colleague. He should be defrocked.

http://www.startribune.com/local/288296171.html   

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MI--Serial predator priest faces new Michigan charges

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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)

We’re thrilled that an already convicted and imprisoned serial predator priest faces more charges. This should happen more often.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2015/01/former_jackson_lumen_christi_h.html   

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MO--Victims blast archbishop over perp center secrecy

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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)

One of several Catholic predator priest centers in our area is in the news again today:

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/for-years-he-s-lived-with-neighbors-who-are-abusive/article_7890c20e-6900-5569-a0b6-9935c8db178f.html?mode=comments    

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CO-- Bill Cosby jokes about rape & should be boycotted

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9

Statement by Jeb Barrett of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 720-891-0540, SNAPdenver@comcast.net

Last night, Bill Cosby joked about the two dozen rape allegations against him. That’s appalling. It adds insult to injury. http://www.people.com/article/bill-cosby-jokes-about-sexual-assault-allegations  

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MO--Two clergy sex case developments may hurt archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9

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)

New developments in two civil lawsuits may shed more light on how St. Louis’ top Catholic official deals with clergy sexual abuse. In both cases, an actual trial – as opposed to a settlement or a loss by the victims on a technicality - seems more likely.   

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LA--Lawmakers & prosecutors must do more in New Bethany child sex case

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

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 )

Now that child sex crimes at the New Bethany Home for Girls in Louisiana won’t be pursued, legislators, prosecutors and others must step up to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/01/grand_jury_declines_to_indict.html  

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MN--Pedophile priest case heads to trial

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 8

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

At least one Twin Cities clergy sex abuse and cover up case will go to trial on Jan. 26, attorneys say. (See http://noakerlaw.com/ )   

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