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Ireland- SNAP praises Irish inquiry into mother and baby homes

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 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 Irish government announced today that it would set up an independent commission to investigate all aspects of the mother and baby homes throughout the country. We are glad that action is being taken and we hope the commission is up and running and fully funded soon.

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MN- Archbishop: Are you helping other predator priests get new jobs?

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Recently released Catholic records show that Twin Cites archdiocese officials helped a predator priest become a therapist and have continued access to kids. In light of this, Archbishop John Nienstedt should disclose which other perpetrator priests;

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Ireland- US victims praise suffering Irish mothers at Cork

For immediate release: Monday, June 09, 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 brave mothers and children of another Irish Catholic center for unwed mothers are calling for truth and justice. We applaud their courage and perseverance. 

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MO- Stunning admissions by St. L archbishop in new deposition

For immediate release: Monday, June 9 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)

Three disturbing facts jump out from St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson's deposition – taken last month but released today - in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case.

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Ireland- Tuam victims should unite, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, June 09, 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)

Like millions across the world our hearts ache for the families who have suffered and are suffering because of the stunning callousness and deceit by Catholic officials who ran the now infamous Tuam center for unwed mothers. We simply can’t imagine the horrors they have endured and the lifelong trauma that suffering has caused.

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NC- survivor of Irish Catholic orphanage speaks up

For immediate release: Monday, June 09, 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 North Carolina man, who was born in a now-infamous Irish orphanage - in the news now because of a just discovered mass grave of 800 infants and toddlers - is speaking up about the pain it caused him. We applaud this brave man for investigating his past and speak up about what happened to him. 

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PA- Victims blast Chaput for “reckless” move

For immediate release: Sunday, June 8, 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 alleged predator priest – accused of both molesting kids and ignoring the molestation of a kid – is being put back on the job with no no explanation whatsoever.

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Rome- Pope has not met with victims

For immediate release: Sunday, June 8

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 sounds harsh but must be said: It sure looks like the Pope cares more about cash than kids.

Last week, Pope Francis fired the entire Vatican financial watchdog board.

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AZ- Priest accused of abusing mentally disabled man, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 06, 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)

An Arizona priest is facing a civil complaint over allegations that he abused a mentally disabled person. We are grateful to the brave victim for stepping forward and working to expose the truth.

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NJ- Survivor released from confidentiality agreement, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 06, 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 New Jersey clergy sex abuse victim has essentially won his lawsuit which frees him from a church-imposed gag order. He is to be commended. We are grateful for this brave victim who has tirelessly worked to expose the truth and protect children. 

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VA- Youth pastor charged with online child sex crimes, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, June 5, 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 Virginia youth pastor was arrested for allegedly sexually soliciting a minor online. We are glad law enforcement stopped this dangerous predator.

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TN- Victims seek SBC's help as it meets next week

For immediate release: Thursday, June 5, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy, 314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com 

Clergy abuse victims ask to speak at Baptist annual meeting 

They also want independent review of clergy abuses & cover-ups 

And group again urges SBC’s top official to apologize for insulting them

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