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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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NC- Judge tosses out pedophile priest cases

For immediate release: Friday, June 20, 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)

Innocent children and wounded victims have lost and serial wrongdoers have won today in a Charlotte courtroom, as clergy sex abuse and cover up cases against Charlotte Catholic officials have been tossed out.

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MI- Christian radio host arrested for alleged child sex crimes

For immediate release: Friday, June 20, 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 Christian radio host is accused of child sex crimes. This is a real test for officials at WCSG Family Christian Radio.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/06/christian_radio_personality_fo.html#incart_river_default

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CA- Predator priest sued by Sacramento attorney resurfaces

For immediate release: Friday, June 20, 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 priest who was sued by a Sacramento attorney for child sex crimes has quietly been working in Mexico, but was recently suspended by his bishop.

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CA- Ex-LA predator priests among 7 suspended in Mexico

For immediate release: Friday, June 20, 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 priest who worked in and was sued in Los Angeles for child sex crimes has quietly been working in Mexico but was recently suspended by his bishop. 

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MO- Victims blast diocese over predator's defrocking

For immediate release: Friday, June 20, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Church lawyer says that priest is defrocked

Victims blast MO bishop for violating church policy

SNAP to Jeff City diocese: “End the continuing secrecy” 

Catholic officials let pedophile legally change his name 

Then they sent him from NJ to “unsuspecting families” in MO 

A lawyer for Catholic church officials disclosed Wednesday that a twice-convicted predator priest who pled guilty this week to sexually assaulting three Missouri boys has been formally defrocked by the Vatican. 

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MA- Victims "diss" new Springfield bishop's abuse remarks

For immediate release Thursday, July 19, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We take strong issue with comments on abuse made by the new head of the Springfield diocese.

For several years, Bishop Rozanski has been on the US bishops abuse committee. That body has been virtually worthless. It has done little or nothing about the absolute bare minimum and has focused far more on public relations than abuse prevention. 

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MA- Lawmakers pass child sex abuse reform bill

For immediate release Thursday, July 19 2014

Statement by Kathryn Robb (kathrynrobb1@gmail.com 781-856-7207 cell), a board member of Massachusetts Citizens for Children and a member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests and an advocate for this legislation

A bill to reform Massachusetts archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations on child sex crimes has passed the State Senate today. (It passed the House earlier.)

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/state_house_of_representatives.html

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TX- Corpus Christi priest is acquitted

For immediate release: Thursday, June 19, 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 Corpus Christi priest has been acquitted on charges of assaulting an altar boy.

http://www.caller.com/news/local-news/crime/sinton-priest-acquitted-of-assault-accusation_99414211

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IL- High profile Protestant minister acted "inappropriately"

For immediate release: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, <mailto:SNAPblaine@gmail.com> SNAPblaine@gmail.com)  

A controversial Chicago-based religious group is admitting that a high profile Protestant pastor acted “inappropriately” with teenaged girls.

Our hearts ache for the dozens of women who as teens and young adults were sexually harassed by Rev. Bill Gothard. We share the hurt they must feel because Gothard's church superiors who acted so tardily and so inadequately.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/28159812-418/ex-head-of-religious-group-acted-inappropriately-not-criminally-investigation.html#.U6MVOPldUlR  

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PA- Another Pittsburgh predatory cleric is “outed” - SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, June 19, 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 person has disclosed having been molested at a Pittsburgh Catholic school and we've learned the name of another credibly accused child molesting Catholic cleric.

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