Media Statements

Rome- Evidence suggests bishop NOT ousted due to abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

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

Today's Vatican’s announcement about the just-ousted Paraguay bishop “says nothing about the accused priest,” notes Grant Gallicho of Commonweal.

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MI- Marquette Catholic officials hid allegations for 14 years

For immediate release: Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

For at least 14 years, Marquette Catholic officials have kept credible child sex abuse allegations against a priest hidden from parishioners and the public. We are outraged. 

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INTL- Paraguay bishop ousted, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 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)

For perhaps the first time ever, the Vatican has punished a bishop, Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Paraguay, who protected and promoted a credibly accused sex offender cleric. The trouble is no one is sure that's why Ciudad del Este's bishop is being punished.

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MA- As new bishop takes over, Fall River diocese is sued

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 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)

On the very day a new bishop was installed in the Fall River Diocese, another civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit was filed against the diocese. It stems from the crimes of a now-deceased predator priest who is among the most notorious and prolific child molesting clerics in US history.

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Canada- Predator priest case settles, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Statement by Brenda Brunelle of Windsor , Canadian SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (519 903 7503 (cell), 519 800 3492 (SNAP line), windsor@snapnetwork.org)

A settlement has been reached with the Diocese of London regarding a now deceased predator priest. We are grateful to the brave victim who fought for justice despite delays and mean-spirited legal tactics and deceptive public relations tactics used by London Catholic Bishop Ronald Fabbro.

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SD- Bond set for ex-pastor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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 ex-pastor from South Dakota has been arrested and had his bond set in a child sexual abuse case. We are grateful to the victim who came forward in this case.l

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MS- Judge upholds molesting teacher's detention order, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

Despite a motion from a public defender, an admitted child molesting teacher will remain behind bars. We applaud this decision for several reasons.

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VT- Professor accused of child abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

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

A faculty member at Norwich University in Vermont is accused of molesting a boy at a New York Catholic school. We urge college officials to suspend the professor immediately.

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NJ- SNAP: "Where predator now?" He was close to ex-NJ governor

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy (314 566 9790,davidgclohessy@gmail.com) Mark Crawford (732 632 7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

Where's predator priest now?” victims ask

A dozen years later, Vatican finally defrocks him

But bishop told only a small group of parishioners

SNAP: “Public needs to know where offender is now”

Ex-spiritual advisor to former governor McGreevey is defrocked 

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is writing Metuchen’s Catholic bishop urging him to reveal the whereabouts of a recently-defrocked abusive priest and explain why he only told some parishioners – and not the broader public – that the priest has been defrocked.

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Rome- Vatican claims “house arrest” for defrocked archbishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

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

Vatican officials in Rome claim they have put an accused child molesting ex-archbishop on house arrest. We're skeptical.

Josef Wesolowski faces allegations of child sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic. We are grateful that this action has finally been taken, feel it should have happened months ago, and believe it's better if secular authorities are able to jail and prosecute Wesolowski.

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FL- Diocese sued for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

The Diocese of Venice is being sued for allegedly covering up child sexual abuse. We are grateful to the victim for having the courage to hold his perpetrator and those who covered it up accountable.

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MI- Allegations against priest deemed credible, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

Child sexual abuse allegations against a Michigan priest have been deemed credible by church officials. We are glad they have come to this conclusion and hope they do more than just the bare minimum to ensure the safety of children.

We are also grateful to the brave victims who came forward and reported their abuse. Their actions will help protect other children.

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