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Spain--Rezar no es suficiente: el Arzobispo de Granada tiene que tomar acciones concretas para proteger a la infancia.

Rezar no es suficiente: el Arzobispo de Granada tiene que tomar acciones concretas para proteger a la infancia.

El Arzobispo debe buscar activamente otras posibles víctimas y suspender de sus puestos a todos aquellos que estén implicados en el crimen.

Comunicado de prensa por Miguel Hurtado +44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com

Las acciones simbólicas pueden tranquilizar conciencias pero no protegen a los niños. Solo los hechos concretos protegen a los menores.  El Arzobispo de Granada Francisco Javier Martínez debe alentar y animar a toda persona que haya sido víctima, testigo o sospechado conductas delictivas en su diócesis para que comuniquen a la policía lo sucedido, no a las autoridades eclesiásticas.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/24/world/europe/spain-sexual-abuse-priest-arrests/  

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Spain--Praying not enough: Bishop should take action to protect the vulnerable

For immediate release Saturday, November 29

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of the U.K/Spain, SNAP leader (+44 7787 638245, michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com) 

Praying not enough: Bishop should take action to protect the vulnerable

Bishop should seek out other victims and suspend those involved

Symbolic actions hold meaning but do not protect children. Action will protect children. Grenada’s Archbishop Francisco Javier Martinez should encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or suspected wrong-doing to speak up and report it to police, not church officials.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/24/world/europe/spain-sexual-abuse-priest-arrests/  

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Australia--UN committee prods Australian government on sex crimes

For immediate release Friday, November 28

Statement by Nicky Davis, SNAP Australia Director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, +61 422 538 440, nicky@nickydavis.com.au

UN Committee prods Australian government on sex crimes

Victims’ group applauds UN Committee

For decades, Australian society has looked the other way while many thousands of innocent children suffered in terrified silence, not just for an entire childhood, but often an entire lifetime.

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Australia--UN panel blasts Australia over clergy sex cases

For immediate release Friday, November 28

Statement by Barbara Blaine, President SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests +1 312 399 4747

UN panel blasts Australia over clergy sex cases

SNAP responds to new UN report on government of Australia

For the third time this year, an international panel of experts is highlighting sex crimes in the Catholic church. It is now calling upon government officials to hold the church hierarchy accountable.

The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) just evaluated how several states, including Australia, is following the Convention Against Torture. The panel issued recommendations earlier today to better ensure that human rights are protected.   

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MI--Ray Township Catholic School administrator charged

 For immediate release Wednesday, November 26

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

A Ray Township teacher at Austin Catholic Academy faces allegations that he sent sexually graphic emails to a child. We call on Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron to personally visit the school where the alleged predator worked, begging victims, witnesses, employees, former employees, alumni, students, staff and whistleblowers to call law enforcement if they have any information or suspicions about the alleged crimes.

http://www.turnto10.com/story/27450606/ri-priest-charged-with-sexual-assault   

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TN--University cancels Cosby appearance

For immediate release Wednesday, November 26

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

We are grateful that  Freed-Hardmann University has canceled Bill Cosby’s appearance.  Honoring credibly accused sex offenders hurts victims and deters reporting of sex crimes, thus endangering the public. We hope other venues where Cosby may appear also find the courage to do what is right and disinvite him.    

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NM--Bishop must stop secrecy

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 26

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)

Bishop James Wall must stop the secrecy and disclose immediately what he knows about the suspected crimes and misdeeds of the Rev. Ravi Kiran. Kiran, originally from India, worked at St. Anthony’s Mission on the Pueblo of Zuni.   

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MO--Nuns rally around convicted KC bishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 26

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 group of Missouri nuns is praising a convicted bishop. Unwittingly, they're making the church less safe and healthy, by contributing to a climate in which victims are reluctant to report child sex crimes.   

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OR--Victims blast archbishop & Central Catholic over abuse allegations

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 25

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 once-fired, twice-charged alleged child molester now gets to keep working for at least six more months around kids at a school, thanks to Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample.

And the principal who knew of the alleged molester’s past but warned no one about him gets to keep his job and suffer no consequences, thanks to Archbishop Sample.   

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Dominica--Victims blast Dominica bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 24

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)

Dominica’s Catholic bishop must do more about a now-defrocked predator priest.

We’re glad that Fr. Reginald LaFleur has been defrocked. That, however, doesn’t “cure” him. He remains a risk to kids. And Bishop Gabriel Malzaire knows this.   

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Rome--Pope should demote or at least suspend his prosecutorial pick

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 24

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)

Yesterday, we called on Pope Francis to rescind his promotion of the new church child sex abuse “prosecutor.” We hope the pontiff will do this.

But if not, we hope Francis or the head of the Jesuit order will at least suspend Fr. Robert Geisinger and hire independent experts to investigate how many other alleged child sex crimes Geisinger may have hidden or may still be hiding. We strongly suspect that there are many more “skeletons” in Geisinger’s closet.   

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Rome--Chicago priest promoted by Francis hid child sex crimes

For immediate release: Sunday, Nov. 23, 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Chicago priest who was just promoted by the Pope concealed clergy sex crimes, according to today’s Boston Globe. We urge Francis to rescind this promotion.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/11/22/vatican-new-top-prosecutor-abusive-priests-implicated-past-failure-stop-notorious-abuser-donald-mcguire/gPaBPJUdvuTy5PSTl1j5sM/story.html  

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