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Poland- Catholic Church seeks forgiveness, SNAP responds

For immediate release Thursday, June 12, 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)

For apparently the first time in its history, the Polish Catholic hierarchy will publicly apologize to sexual abuse victims. We're not buying it.

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NY- Priest charged with child porn may get plea deal, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 11, 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 retired New York priest may get a plea deal in his child pornography case. We hope if he does get a plea deal that it is harsh and protects innocent children. 

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MO- St. Louis Catholics are not powerless

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 11, 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)

Catholics, you may feel powerless but you aren't. You can donate to groups that prevent abuse, not institutions that hide it. You can write letters to lawmakers urging better child safety laws. You can invite child sex abuse victims and their advocates to speak in your churches or to your organizations. You can speak out – in public and online – because secrecy only helps the bad guys.

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MN- No Twin Cities church official asked about kids

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 11, 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) 

If a CEO is told: "our company has two dozen sites where we're unsafely storing dangerous chemicals," can you imagine him or her not even asking "Where?"

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MD- Help us protect kids!

WHO WE ARE

We are victims of child sex abuse (and supporters) who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. 

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MO- Victims challenge Carlson to debate

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 11, 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)

We raised three concerns about Archbishop Robert Carlson's recent deposition. Today, through his public relations staff, Carlson ignores two of our concerns.

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Ireland- Victims: "Give therapy funds to grieving Tuam families now"

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 11, 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) 

Revelations of horrors at Tuam center for unwed mothers are no doubt causing real suffering to relatives of babies and toddlers who died there and to those men and women who spent time there. So we call on Ireland's Catholic bishops to immediately set up a fund to provide therapy for anyone who has been traumatized by this scandal, whether at Tuam or at other similar facilities.

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MO- St. Louis event re Carlson deposition on Wednesday

In response to Archbishop Robert Carlson's disturbing deposition, the Association for the Rights of Catholics (314-837-0678) and SNAP are holding a brief news conference Wednesday, 6/11 at 2 p.m. outside the "new" Cathedral on Lindell (at Newstead). For details: Barbara Dorris, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 314-503-0003  

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MN- National bishops group should censure Nienstedt, SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 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)

America's bishops meet tomorrow in New Orleans. We urge officers and members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to censure - or at least harshly denounce - current and former Twin Cities bishops for the ongoing horrific cover up scandal there, especially Archbishop John Nienstedt, retired Archbishop Harry Flynn, and Archbishop Robert Carlson (who now heads the St. Louis archdiocese). 

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Mexico- Predator priest still missing, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949.322.7434, jcasteix@gmail.com) 

A credibly accused serial predator priest is missing. The next step is clear: Mexico’s bishops must use their resources - pulpit announcements and websites and everything in between - to warn their flocks about him and beg those with information about him to call law enforcement.

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MI- Saginaw bishop must act; his predecessor is under fire

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)

In a deposition released yesterday that's attracting national attention (The Washington Post, NBC News, the Religion News Service, and elsewhere), former Saginaw bishop Robert Carlson said 193 time he "couldn't recall" information about predator priests. He also made three other startling claims;

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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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