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NY- Cardinal Dolan is deposed, trial starts Monday

For immediate release: Sunday, July 6, 2014

For more info: Mary Caplan of New York City (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com), Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com or David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Cardinal Dolan is deposed, trial starts Monday

Priest abused was re-assigned & allegedly abused again

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was quietly deposed last month in a case that goes to trial on Monday in Missouri. It involves a priest who was put back into a parish after admitting abuse and allegedly molested again. The cleric was suspended while Dolan was in charge of pedophile priest cases in St. Louis in 2002.   

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OH- Priest convicted of murder dies

Statement by SNAP leader Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo (419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com)

For immediate release: Sunday, July 6, 2014

We hope Fr. Robinson's passing brings some comfort to those he hurt and their loved ones and we hope now that others who he hurt will feel more comfortable coming forward and getting help.

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Paraguay- Victims predict admitted predator priest won't be charged

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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 Vatican team is being sent to investigate a priest who allegedly molested several U.S. boys and is now second-in-command at a diocese in Paraguay.

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MI- Ex-teacher faces additional charges of child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, July 03, 2014

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 former Michigan teacher has been charged with four more child sexual abuse offenses. We hope these additional charges give courage to anyone else who might be suffering in silence and self-blame. 

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MA- Victims blast new Fall River Catholic bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, July 03, 2014

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

The Vatican has tapped a cleric from a scandal-ridden archdiocese to be the new Fall River Catholic bishop.

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AL- Baptist minister may have covered up abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

An Alabama Baptist pastor is being accused by a victim and a witness for allegedly covering up child sex crimes. We are grateful to these brave individuals and urge police to investigate this matter. 

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MI- Ex- Detroit bishop under investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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 – now of St. Paul but originally of Detroit - is reportedly being investigated for sexual relationships. 

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UK- Church elder jailed for sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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)

A Jehovah’s Witness elder, who last week was found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls and raping another woman, has been sentenced to 14 years in jail. We are grateful to the brave victims who helped get this dangerous predator locked up.

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TN- Church music teacher molested? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 

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

Church officials who paid a music teacher who is accused of molesting kids should now take aggressive steps to find and help others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

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MN- Archbishop under investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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)

Some report that Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated for sexual relationships. 

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IL- "Bondage" priest gets new assignment

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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 Springfield Catholic priest who made headlines when police helped him escape a bondage outfit he'd put on now has a new assignment.

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NC- Victims question if an admitted predator priest won't be charged

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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

Even though he confessed to molesting a child four years ago, we fear that criminal child sex abuse charges against Fr. Michael Joseph Kelleher will be dropped today by Stanly County prosecutor Reece Saunders who, we believe, has some tough questions to answer about why he let this case linger for four years. 

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