Media Statements

MN--Church officials must act re convicted predator priest, victims say

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Dozens of northern Minnesota Catholic church staff members have a chance to protect kids in from a proven predator priest. And since Vatican officials are knowingly putting these kids in harm’s way, Duluth area church employees and parishioners must take action to safeguard the vulnerable.

Church bureaucrats in Rome have told a bishop that he can lift the suspension of convicted cleric who molested at least two Crookston area girls.

http://www.ucanews.com/news/indian-bishop-lifts-convicted-priests-suspension/75204

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MD--Ex-Baltimore priest accused of abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 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 priest who worked in Baltimore for a decade is accused of molesting a girl. We urge Baltimore Catholic employees to aggressively seek out any one else he may have hurt and beg them to call police.

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2016/02/11/diocese-alexandria-priest-dismissed-after-misconduct-allegations/80243900/

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Vatican--Officials OK lifting convicted predator priest's suspension; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 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 bishop says that Vatican officials have approve his lifting of the suspension of a convicted predator priest. If this is true, this is an act of breath-taking recklessness and callousness.

Our heart ache for betrayed families in Minnesota and vulnerable families in India. Most of all, however, our hearts ache for one of the bravest victims we’ve ever met, Megan Peterson, whose courage helped get Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul charged, extradited, and convicted of child sex crimes in Crookston MN.

http://www.ucanews.com/news/indian-bishop-lifts-convicted-priests-suspension/75204

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TX--Popular convicted predator loses appeal; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2016

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

A convicted Austin child molester who was openly supported by several churches has lost his appeal. We are grateful that he’ll stay behind bars and hope he’ll stop appealing. And we hope that the clerics and congregants who publicly rallied for him will now apologize to his victims.

http://m.statesman.com/news/news/appeals-court-affirms-greg-kelley-sex-assault-conv/nqNh7/

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AZ--Victims urge response to today’s Feit developments

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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

We’re disappointed but not surprised that 

--John Feit says he’ll fight extradition

--staff at a Phoenix charity knew Feit was a suspected murderer but kept him around vulnerable families anyway,

--Brownsville’s bishop is trying to distance himself from this horrific while apparently doing nothing to help solve it.

And we’re grateful that a Maricopa County judge sent a $750,000 bond for Feit.

http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/The-Latest-Ex-priest-to-fight-extradition-in-6821199.php

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MO--Victims want Springfield bishop to do outreach in murder case

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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-priest just arrested for murder reportedly admitted his crimes to at least one colleague in Ava. We call on Springfield Catholic officials to aggressively reach out to anyone in southwest Missouri who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by this former cleric.

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2016/02/10/former-priest-charged-murder-abbey-rape-ava-/80192294/

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Vatican--New bishops are NOT told to call police about abuse, Crux reports

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

New Catholic bishops are NOT told to call law enforcement when abuse reports are made, according to a veteran Vatican reporter.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/02/07/what-new-catholic-bishops-are-and-arent-being-told-on-sex-abuse/

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AZ--Accused murderer was regular church volunteer;” Bishop must act, SNAP says

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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

An accused murderer and ex-priest was “a regular church volunteer” in Phoenix, the Washington Post reports. In light of this revelation, it’s crucial that Bishop Thomas Olmsted break his silence, take decisive action and help prosecutors pursue Feit.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/10/break-in-unholy-cold-case-police-arrest-former-beauty-queens-priest-in-her-1960-killing/

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-priest-in-connection-with-irene-garza-case/article_4cf55c84-cf8a-11e5-8bb3-e3f2d1496ff9.html  

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AZ--Ex-priest who worked in NM is arrested for murder; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

An ex-priest who worked in New Mexico and lives in Arizona has been arrested for murdering a Texas girl. We are deeply grateful that John Feit has finally been charged. Now, Catholic officials in all three states have a moral and civic duty to prod other witnesses to step forward.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-priest-in-connection-with-irene-garza-case/article_4cf55c84-cf8a-11e5-8bb3-e3f2d1496ff9.html 

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OK-- Witness is validated by ex-priest’s arrest for murder

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

An Oklahoma man is a key witness in the case of an ex-priest who has just been arrested for murdering a Texas girl 56 years ago. We are deeply grateful that John Feit has finally been charged. But we’re especially grateful for the role Dale Tacheny of Oklahoma City has played in this case.

Tacheny has told prosecutors that Feit admitted to him that he killed Irene Garza.  That move – disclosing this information to law enforcement – took considerable courage because, at the time, both men were priests. It’s exceedingly rare

 

 

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MA--Victims seek “action, not apology” from bishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Springfield’s bishop is issuing an apology when he should be protecting kids, exposing predators, punishing enablers and releasing abuse records. Tangible steps will do more to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded that all the words, gestures and apologies. 

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/springfield_diocese_reaches_ou.html

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AZ--Priest arrested for TX murder; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 201

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

A priest who has long lived in Arizona has been arrested for murdering a Texas girl. We are deeply grateful that John Feit has been apprehended

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-priest-in-connection-with-irene-garza-case/article_4cf55c84-cf8a-11e5-8bb3-e3f2d1496ff9.htm

We are thrilled that Rene Guerra – who has refused to aggressively pursue a murder case involving a priest -- was defeated at the polls and that newly elected prosecutor Ricardo Rodriguez honored his pledge to re-open this troubling case.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/elections/article_d68ac28e-a42d-11e3-bc8d-001a4bcf6878.html

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