Media Statements

Rome--Victims to church abuse panel: "Take practical action now"

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 5  

Statement by Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

The latest in a long series of Catholic abuse panels holds its first full meeting this week in Rome. We beg panel members to take at least one or two practical steps, right now, that make kids safer.

Why? Because kids are being hurt and crimes are being concealed now. And because taking one or two tangible steps that actually protect kids now will help give the panel some credibility and disillusioned Catholics some hope.    

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MT--Victims blast Montana Catholic settlement

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 4

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

We are grateful to the hundreds of Montana men and women who have bravely reported being sexually assaulted as kids by Catholic nuns, priests and other clerics. We commend them for their courage. But we deplore the legal maneuvers by Catholic officials who are finally agreeing to compensate these deeply wounded individuals with the paltry amount of less than $20,000 each.

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Settlement-reached-in-Ursuline-Academy-sex-abuse-case/31075596    

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TX--Victims prod Ft. Worth & Subiaco officials about abuse

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director 281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com,

We are here today to prod Ft. Worth Catholic officials to do more to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. Specifically, we urge Bishop Michael Olson to

1. make public the personnel files of Fr. Bede Mitchel, a recently-outed predator priest,

2. post at least three more names of credibly accused child molesting clerics on his website, and

3. send a letter rebuking an Arkansas church staffer who made harsh remarks that hurt a victim, and

4.  aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by Fr. Mitchel and other predator priests.   

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CA--Victims want SF archbishop to focus more on kids' safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 4

Statement by Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, tlennon@snapnetwork.org)

San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop has created a new, free-standing section for faculty handbooks telling school staff to avoid certain "sins."

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-archbishop-clarifies-sexual-doctrine-for-high-6060293.php#/0  

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IL- Ground-breaking new clergy abuse suit filed in Chicago

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We applaud the first-ever clergy sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit, just filed in Chicago, that accuses Catholic officials of perpetuating a “public nuisance.”

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1950/Public-Nuisance-Claimed-in-Lawsuit-Naming-Chicago-Archdiocese.aspx

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RI-- Victims blast RI Catholic settlement & secrecy

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 3

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

We’re sad that a lawsuit against a discredited and credibly-accused corrupt Catholic group has settled out of court, especially because once again these selfish and manipulative church officials have been able to pay off accusers and hide their wrongdoing.

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/content/20150202-second-lawsuit-settled-against-disgraced-order-legion-of-christ-is-settled.ece  

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MN--Duluth predator priest is exposed

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

For more information: Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN (Duluth, MN & Superior, WI) SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com), David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Duluth predator priest is exposed

Catholic officials are re-opening probe

Cleric is accused of abusing a boy and a girl

He was transferred to five states & 7 MN towns

Victims to Duluth bishop: "How many others are you hiding?"

Twin Cities Catholic officials are re-opening an investigation into accusations that a priest who worked in the Duluth area sexually abused two South Dakota children.    

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MO--More action needed re coach who taped girls

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2

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

A former teacher and high school cross-country coach was sentenced in an East St. Louis courtroom today to for hiding cameras to catch members of his girls' team undressed in Fairview Heights and Pontoon Beach and elsewhere in Illinois. But more should be done about his crimes.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/illinois-high-school-coach-gets-years-in-prison-for-taping/article_f78f2c58-ce8e-5b1e-be31-1d24be196032.html   

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MO--Another predator priest is exposed

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Another predator priest is exposed

He worked in three area Catholic dioceses

Cleric was in Belleville, Springfield MO & Springfield IL

Church investigation into his alleged crimes is re-opened

Sex abuse victims to bishops: “How many others are you hiding?”

For at least ten years, a priest quietly lived and worked in two Illinois dioceses and one in Missouri. Last week, Catholic officials disclosed that they are re-opening an investigation into accusations that he sexually abusing a boy and a girl in South Dakota.   

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SD--Three MN predator priests worked in SD

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Three MN predator priests worked in SD

Sex abuse victims seek help from Catholic officials

SNAP to bishops: “Seek out others who were hurt

Clergy sex abuse victims are urging two Catholic bishops to “aggressively reach out” to victims of three predator priests who worked in South Dakota and have been exposed recently in Minnesota.  

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TX--Victims express doubts about new Austin bishop

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

We’re worried about Austin’s new Catholic auxiliary bishop and how he’ll deal with the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis.

http://www.usccb.org/news/2015/15-012e.cfm

http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/01/21/austin-diocese-appoints-auxiliary-bishop/22104163/

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/fbc3e1fe24624dd69dfd9a7254788a93/TX--Austin-Diocese-Auxiliary-Bishop   

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MA--Victims blast Boston parishioners & archbishop in Revere case

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

We are deeply saddened by the Revere Catholics who feel Boston church officials have erred in letting three staffers resign because they refused to call 911 when they suspected child sex crimes. They are wrong to minimize the harm such refusals cause.

http://www.reverejournal.com/2015/01/30/ic-community-demands-meeting-with-omalley-on-churchs-overreaction/#   

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