Media Statements

MA- SNAP responds to new bishop

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) 

We know little about Springfield's new Catholic bishop and we wish him well. But we rarely see new bishops take stronger steps to protect kids, so we caution Springfield area parents and parishioners against being complacent about children's safety.

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NJ- Victims blast archdiocese over predator's defrocking

For immediate release: Thursday, June 19, 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 Myers for violating church policy 

SNAP to Newark archdiocese: “Stop the secrecy”

Catholic officials let pedophile legally change his name

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

A lawyer for the Newark archdiocese disclosed yesterday 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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MO- Notorious name-changing predator priest is defrocked

To read the official documents detailing Rev. Carmen Sita's (Jerry Howard) defrocking, click here and here

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NY- Bleach-thrower sentenced for attacking rabbi; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com) 

We wish the man who threw a cup of bleach in an anti-abuse activist's face would be jailed. The sentencing today of Meilech Schnitzler was a disappointment.

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Canada- Ex archbishop to be sentenced next month, Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 18, 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 Canadian orthodox archbishop, who was convicted of child sexual abuse, will receive his sentencing July 9. We are glad he will soon be sentenced and hope the judge goes with the harshest option. 

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MO- Prosecutors have new tool in older child sex cases

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 18, 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)

Missouri prosecutors apparently now have a chance to pursue charges against some child molesters even in cases that are decades old. We hope they'll take advantage of this opportunity.

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AZ- Victims support Attorney General

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 17, 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 hope a judge looks quickly but seriously at the request to disband the police department in Warren Jeffs' bizarre sect on the border between Arizona and Utah.

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MO- Name-changing abusive Catholic priest is guilty

For immediate release: Tuesday June 17, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Years ago, a Catholic priest pled guilty to molesting a New Jersey boy, changed his name, and was sent to Missouri where he severely and repeatedly sexually assaulted at least four more boys. Now, he has finally pled guilty to a second set of crimes.

http://www.abc17news.com/news/former-cooper-co-priest-pleads-guilty-to-child-sex-charges/26533732

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OH- 2nd allegation vs. Youngstown deacon

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Statement by SNAP leader and abuse survivor Jerry Arnal (JerryArnal@yahoo.com)

Last August, the news media covered a SNAP news conference in front of the Youngstown diocese chancery office, where I told of being sexually abused by a teacher who, at the time, worked at St. Christine School (in Youngstown) and later worked at Cardinal Mooney High School (also in Youngstown). He was a teacher and an ordained deacon.

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MO- Predator priest may plead tomorrow in Boonville

For immediate release: Monday, June 16, 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)

Predator priest may take plea tomorrow

He pled guilty to child sex crime in 1980s

Now, he's accused of molesting three more

Cleric worked in three mid-Missouri counties

After leaving his Catholic post, he was a counselor

SNAP: “He's one of the most egregious child molesting clerics

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Rome- Pope Francis will meet with the wrong people

For immediate release: Monday, June 16 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)

Several victims of pedophile priests in Buenos Aires report that they were ignored or rebuffed by Pope Francis when he headed that archdiocese. We ache for them and their suffering but deeply appreciate their courage in speaking up now. Pope Francis should meet with them, apologize to them and take action to protect others from their perpetrators.

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MA- Catholic official fired for inappropriate texts, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 13, 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 school official has been fired for sending inappropriate texts to students. We hope that school officials acted promptly and that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will call police right away.

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