Media Statements

WA--Victims are skeptical of Archdiocesan predator priest list

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 15, 2015

Statement by Mary Dispenza of Seattle, Seattle SNAP director (425 941 6001mdispenza@icloud.com)

Every time a predator’s name is publicized, kids are safer. But we suspect this is an incomplete list that was prompted by external pressure. Seattle Catholic officials should have disclosed and posted these clerics’ names long ago. Now, they should put them in each parish bulletin, several times a year, and permanently on each parish website.

About 30 US bishops have taken this step, almost always belatedly, grudgingly, incompletely and only because parishioners, prosecutors or lawmakers prod them to do so.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm

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NJ--Newark archbishop hides abuse accusation for months; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Again, Newark Catholic officials, including Archbishop John Myers, are knowingly putting kids in harm’s way by keeping credible accusations of child sex crimes from parishioners and the public.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/sex_abuse_claims_from_1980s_lead_to_priests_suspen.html#incart_river_home

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NE--Victims blast Nebraska Catholic officials for deceit

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Nebraska Catholic officials are deceiving their flock about Bishop Robert Finn, the only prelate in the US to be criminally convicted for refusing to report child sex crimes to police. (Finn now works in Nebraska.)

http://journalstar.com/news/local/disgraced-k-c-bishop-starts-anew-in-lincoln-convent/article_1e73ef3e-f2fe-5e41-b3e0-2d90c9f1552f.html

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NE--Disgraced KC bishop now works in Nebraska; Victims object

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A disgraced Missouri Catholic bishop has quietly moved to Nebraska where he works as a chaplain for nuns. This is an outrage. It shows how little has changed in the church hierarchy: clerics who commit or conceal child sex crimes are still being coddled, moved elsewhere and getting second chances instead of being fired.

Last year, Bishop Robert Finn resigned as head of the Kansas City diocese. He was convicted of refusing to report child sex crimes to police. But he now works at the School Sisters of Christ the King in the Lincoln, Nebraska with the approval of Lincoln Bishop James Conley.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/archbishop-john-nienstedt-bishop-robert-finn-have-new-homes-outside-respective

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IL--SNAP: Fire one Bethalto minister & suspend his boss over sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Lutheran officials should fire a Bethalto minister accused of helping an accused sex offender and suspend his boss, the pastor. They should also aggressively denounce the minister’s actions and do everything possible to help police investigate the wrongdoers.

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article53719630.html  

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Rome--Victims urge Pope to block move of accused MN archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 13

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An archbishop accused of committing sexual misconduct and concealing child sex crimes will start working in a Michigan parish. We call on Pope Francis to reverse this stunningly reckless and callous move. And we call on all of Michigan’s bishops to denounce it.    

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AK--Anchorage archbishop had “terrible” record on abuse, group says

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com
Before praising Alaska Archbishop Francis Hurley too much, Catholics and citizens should recall that he repeatedly put children in harm’s way, by quietly bringing a Michigan predator priest and a New Mexico predator bishop to work in Alaska while warning no one about their crimes.
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AZ--Ex minister on the run from the law in abuse case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A minister who worked in Mesa and abused and impregnated a teen is wanted by the law. We beg anyone in Arizona who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police immediately.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/01/11/chesco-pastor-rape/

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VA--Survivors call on church and school officials to end all forms of sexual misconduct

For immediate release, January 11, 2016

Statement by Barbra Graber, 540-214-8874, Email: Mennonite@SNAPnetwork.org

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA has reported that its Vice President for Enrollment, Luke Hartman, was among those charged by the Harrisonburg Police Department for solicitation of prostitution. Hartman has since been suspended from his duties.

We do not presume Hartman’s innocence or guilt and have no reason to believe he hurt any EMU students. We hope that is not the case. A distinction should be made between solicitation of prostitution and abuse. A person who does one does not necessarily do the other.

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AZ--Lawmaker: Revoke Cosby’s Medal of Honor. Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Statement by Karen Polesir of Ambler, SNAP leader (267-992-9463karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

There’s no better time than now for our government to rescind honors given to disgraced rapist Bill Cosby. It would help victims of sexual violence heal. And it would help prevent more sexual violence, by making it easier for rape victims to report these heinous crimes.

http://www.mtv.com/news/2724475/this-congressman-wants-to-revoke-bill-cosbys-medal-of-freedom/

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MO--Two abuse cases settle vs. ex-Fordham professor & priest

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Two women have settled abuse lawsuits – totaling $282,000 - against the Jesuits and an ex-professor and priest at Fordham University because he abused them. The predator also taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and became the president of St. Louis University in Missouri (All three are Jesuit institutions.)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/settlements-reached-in-two-abuse-lawsuits-involving-former-st-louis/article_9ddcd298-9ee3-552c-8728-9b4846bfedd0.html

http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/01/06/jesuits-to-pay-281k-to-settle-lawsuits-against-former-slu-president-daniel-oconnell

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MO--Jesuits fail to keep the predator priest out of public ministry

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

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)

Two women sued the ex-president of St. Louis University because he abused them. Both cases have just settled (one for $200,000, the other for $82,000).

And one of the cases is only the second of its type anywhere, as best we can tell, and could open the door to more cases against Catholic officials. It charges that Jesuits violated a contract they made with the victim to keep the predator priest out of public ministry.

We applaud both of them for their courage, their persistence and their concern for others who may be hurt or betrayed by Jesuits.

http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/01/06/jesuits-to-pay-281k-to-settle-lawsuits-against-former-slu-president-daniel-oconnell

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