PA- Victims blast Penn State Trustee candidates over Paterno statue

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

We are deeply disappointed that three candidates for the Penn State trustees have expressed a desire to restore Joe Paterno’s legacy. At least one of them -Ricardo Azziz- specifically wants Paterno’s statue put back up. 

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GA- Archbishop offers "weird" apology; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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) 

Gregory's "apology" about his extravagant spending rings hollow.

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IL- Another Belleville predator priest suit filed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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 person who was sexually assaulted by Belleville's Fr. Robert J. Vonnahmen has filed a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against Catholic officials.

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CA- Records on SD predator priest are released, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 

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

Long secret records about a San Diego predator priest have been released in Minnesota where he molested before he moved to California.

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CT- Priest arrested for sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A Connecticut priest who has been suspended since last year has been arrested for sexual assault. We are glad that this dangerous predator has finally been arrested. 

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MN- Children’s pastor arrested for soliciting a minor, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 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 Minnesota children’s pastor has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a minor. We are extremely concerned that a man entrusted by his community to lead children in their faith has been arrested for allegedly sexually soliciting a child. 

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Rome- Vatican blesses bishops' plan to NOT report child abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 28

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

With the blessing of the Vatican, Italy's bishops have formally declared they have no duty to call police if they suspect that a child is being sodomized or raped. 

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National- Bishops praise themselves on child sex abuse again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We have three objections to these new claims by US bishops.

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NE- Diocese refuses to participate in church abuse program

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014

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

A Catholic panel has released a report on whether and how bishops are abiding by the vague, weak and virtually never enforced "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."  

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Ireland- Church watchdog group omitted information, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A group hired to investigate the Irish Catholic church's child safety policy has been accused of omitting key information. If it is true and they omitted information and are denying it, we are deeply disappointed and concerned.

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MO- 2 KC Catholic teachers fired in “odd” case

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 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)

No one should be satisfied with the firing of two credibly accused child molesting KC Catholic school teachers. This is a disturbing case of continued irresponsible behavior by church officials with many unanswered questions.

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PA- Catholic bishop dodges victims group's requests

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 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)

Scranton's Catholic bishop has responded to our recent letter by ignoring three of our four concerns, but pledging to write the Pope about a predator priest. (A copy of the letter is below.)

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