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INTL- Lessons & omissions from papal victim choices

For immediate release: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

A Catholic newspaper says that next weekend, the pope will reportedly meet with clergy sex abuse victims from four countries: the U.S., Britain, Poland and Ireland.

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MN- Twin Cities Catholic official will be deposed again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

We're glad a high ranking Twin Cities Catholic official will be deposed again and hope his archbishop will also insist that he be questioned by police too. 

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MN- Catholic officials misinterpret 1st Amendment, SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 

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

It's sad to see Catholic officials exploiting and misrepresenting the First Amendment. It protects belief, not actions. 

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WA- Abuse victims settle but more must be done, SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 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) 

Thirty brave child sex victims have settled their abuse and cover up suits against Seattle Catholic officials. We applaud these courageous and determined individuals and suspect that there are dozens more victims in the Seattle area – from these two parochial schools and other schools – who remain trapped in silence, shame and self-blame.

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MI- Pastor misled congregants, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 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 Michigan pastor deceived his flock, claiming that his associate pastor went on leave for “personal reasons” when in fact the associate faces child abuse charges. It is extremely disingenuous and dangerous for church officials to be so misleading in child abuse cases.

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OR- Pedophile priest lawsuit filed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 25, 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) 

Another clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against the Portland Catholic archdiocese stemming from crimes by a notorious serial predator, Fr. Maurice Grammond.

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MN- Archdiocese took no action against predator priest, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

In a recently released deposition, a predator priest admits the Twin Cities archdiocese took no action against him after abuse allegations were reported. We are not surprised, but we're deeply disappointed that Catholic officials were and are so reckless with the safety of children. 

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Rome- Bishop criticizes Vatican over accused abusive archbishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 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)

In a rare "split in the ranks," a bishop says that Vatican officials have "injured the people of God" by their "silence" over former Vatican envoy Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, who is accused of sexually abusing boys in Dominican Republic. 

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Rome- Pope appoints Legion of Christ adviser, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 

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

The pope continues to distance himself from the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ. And he's appointing a new adviser to the troubled order. We applaud this course of action.

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MN- Victims want whereabouts of predator priests

For immediate release: Monday, June 23, 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)

Information on abuse is good. Action on abuse is better.

And current information beats old information. So we beg Winona Bishop John Quinn to disclose the whereabouts of Fr. Joseph C. Cashman, Fr. Jack L. Krough, and Fr. Leland J. Smith – all of whom are living and are defrocked or being defrocked. Any of these men could now be living next to a day care center (as a suspended Youngtown predator priest did for years) or school or playground. They could be babysitting neighbors' kids in an apartment building filled with single immigrant mothers. 

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KS- Abuse allegations made against KC priest, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 23, 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)

Two credible abuse allegations have been made against a retired Kansas City priest. We are saddened that KC Catholic officials are apparently trying to keep this quiet by putting it only in a church publication. They should be alerting all the parishioners and the public very aggressively, begging others with information or suspicions about this priest to step forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and start healing.

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Chile- Vatican says bishop is innocent of child abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 23, 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)

Catholic officials say that a Chilean bishop is innocent of child sexual abuse. We are skeptical of this claim and hope anyone with additional information will come forward immediately.  

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