Media Statements

PA--Victims blast new comments by Penn State prez

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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)

It’s very sad to see Penn State’s president posture for his donor base by dismissing most of the Freeh report. And it’s’ an ultimately counterproductive move.

Nothing is gained, except perhaps mollifying some misguided alums, by Eric Barron’s comments to the Associated Press. Barron joins a long line of self-centered football-obsessed Penn State students and staff who somehow can’t let go of their unhealthy Paterno-worship and remember the shattered lives of Sandusky victims.  

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CA--Victims applaud conviction of school teacher on abuse charges

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, SNAP east bay director of SNAP  (melanie@pokrov.org, 925-708-6175)

A Concord teacher has been convicted of child sexual abuse for fondling boys’ chests. It’s an unusual case and we applaud the prosecutor and jury for their prudent decision to put kids’ safety first.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27403881/joseph-martin-convicted-19-molestation-counts-likely-faces  

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NY--Cardinal Dolan again acts secretively with predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Once again, Cardinal Tim Dolan refuses to tell the public about a credibly accused predator priest. Shame on him. And shame on the rest of the US Catholic hierarchy for refusing to blast him for breaking church abuse policy.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/01/28/peter-kihm-dutchess-priest/22459361/   

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Philippines--Pope's Concern for Children of Philippines Collides with Policies of Its Bishops

From Bishop Accountability

For immediate release, 1/26/2015, from BishopAccountability.org


Pope's Concern for Children of Philippines Collides with Policies of Its Bishops

Priests Deemed Threats to U.S. Children Still Work in Philippine Parishes

Philippine Church Is “Lenient Toward Accused Priests,” Research Group Says

Researchers Urge Police and Prosecutors to Investigate

Catholic bishops in the Philippines are keeping sexually abusive clergy in ministry, including several priests judged by U.S. bishops to pose a threat to children and young people.

A dozen clergy sex abuse cases are detailed in a report published today by BishopAccountability.org, a U.S.-based research group that tracks the Catholic abuse crisis worldwide. The report, Clergy Misconduct among Priests in the Philippines: Key Cases, can be found on the group’s website:

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/Philippines/Key_Cases.htm
    

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VT--Victims want VT bishop to do "aggressive outreach"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We call on Vermont’s new Catholic bishop – holding his first public event in Vermont tonight - to use his widely-touted social media skills and his vast diocesan resources to seek out adults who were sexually abused as kids by clergy.

Coyne “plans to ask each pastor to check old parish census records and lists of current community members to see if some of the elderly dropped out due to an inability to get to church,” reports the Free Press.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/01/23/bishop-plans-among-people/22246993/   

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MN--Victims applaud judge's ruling on New Ulm abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We call on New Ulm’s Catholic bishop to promptly and thoroughly comply with a new court order to turn over records about pedophile priests.

We are grateful to the brave victim who is using the civil justice system to get names of dangerous child molesters made public. If kids are to be safer, police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public must know who is committing and concealing heinous crimes against kids.    

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NY--Bishop is 'coldhearted bureaucrat'

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Another credibly accused predator priest has been exposed.

Shame on Bishop Robert Malone for keeping secret about the allegations against Fr. Linus Hennessy. Buffalo parishioners, parents, police and prosecutors should be asking “How many other proven, admitted or credibly accused pedophile priests is Malone covering up for now?”   

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Spain--The clergy sex abuse scandal plaguing Granada

Pope must immediately fire archbishop.

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of London (UK), Spokesperson of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

(+44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael.uk.1982@gmail.com)

Ten priests have been charged for either child abuse or covering up the crime in the biggest clergy sex abuse case in Spain’s history.  So far four courageous victims have come forward. We fear that the number could be significantly higher.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31013653  

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FL--Another Salesian Florida predator priest is outed

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27 

Statement by Dave O’Regan, leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (434 446 6769)

We’re here today to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

For the protection of the vulnerable, we call on Catholic officials in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area to release the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priest who lives or works or has lived or worked in this area, be be they living or deceased, diocesan or religious order, priest, nun, brother, seminarian or other church worker.   

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NY--Group praises Buffalo victims & blast bishop and lawmakers

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)

Buffalo Catholic officials should end their secrecy surrounding clergy sex abuse. They should explain why it takes them more than a year to conclude a purported “church investigation” into child sex crimes. And they should “come clean” and disclose the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every single child molesting cleric who lives or works – or lived or worked – in the diocese, whether alive or deceased, diocesan or religious order, whether priests, nun or seminarian, and whether they are proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesters.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/schools/two-ask-pope-francis-to-investigate-how-buffalo-diocese-handled-sex-abuse-claims-20150127  

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VA--VA lawmakers make progress on campus rape bill

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A bill mandating the reporting of alleged campus sexual assaults to police is moving ahead in the Virginia legislature. But it’s a tiny step forward.

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/26/va-senate-panel-oks-mandatory-campus-sex-assault-reporting/22347591/   

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IA--Group blasts IA bishop for helping predator but ignoring victims

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27

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)

Des Moines’ Catholic bishop is urging victims of a predator priest to call church officials. That’s wrong. And it’s disturbing to see how well the bishop cares for the needs of the offender while largely ignoring his victims.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2015/01/26/iowa-pastor-asked-pope-priesthood-removal/22374581/   

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