Media Statements

MI--Admitted Mississippi predator still works in parish

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 17

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

An admitted predator priest from the US is now on the job in Peru, a new investigation has found. We beg Catholic officials in Mississippi and Chimbote to do everything possible to warn unsuspecting families about him and help law enforcement pursue him. And we beg Pope Francis to denounce and stop this long-standing stunningly-irresponsible church practice of sending predator priests abroad to work among even more vulnerable parishioners.

(Almost two years ago, we prodded newly-named Jackson Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz to publicize Fr. Madden’s crimes and alert Catholics in Chimbote to his presence there. Kopacz ignored our pleas.)

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ms_new_jackson_catholic_bishop_named_snap_responds

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PA--Flier handed out 9/20 at Philadelphia Catholic church

Help us to protect kids!

WHO WE ARE

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

WHY WE’RE HERE

We want to protect kids, deter wrongdoing and expose clerics who commit and conceal clergy sex crimes. And we want you to help us prod Catholic officials do take tangible steps to safeguard others.

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TN--Non-profit should ‘reach out’ to other victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 17

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

A former Memphis college student and Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer was convicted Thursday of raping a 7-year-old boy. Officials with the school and the non-profit should aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt by Christopher Bostick.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/crime-justice/courts/Former-mentor-convicted-of-child-rape-328077131.html

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National--New report: Predator priests sent overseas, still working

For immediate release:  Thursday, September 17

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

In a year-long investigation, GlobalPost “has found that the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.   

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PA--SNAP backs proposed investigation of Cardinals

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 16

SNAP backs proposed investigation of Cardinals

Group especially urges Vatican action vs. Burke

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

We applaud and support Catholic Whistleblowers in their push for Vatican action against two prelates who have protected predator priests. We especially urge top Catholic officials to investigate and discipline Cardinal Raymond Burke.   

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MO--Victims respond to new KC bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 15

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

Newly named Kansas City Bishop James Johnston is no friend of kids or victims. His record on clergy sex crimes and cover ups is disappointing. Pope Francis has made another poor choice.

--Weeks ago, we urged Johnston to reach out to anyone who may have been hurt in Springfield by two predator priest, Fr. Michael Charland and Fr. Thomas Meyer, who’d recently been “outed” as predators in another state, but who had worked or spent time in the Springfield diocese.   

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MI--Judge should cancel speech

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

For more information: Claudia Vercellotti, Toledo SNAP leader (419) 345-9291cell Snaptoledo@aol.comClaudiayv@gmail.com

David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Victims ask justice to cancel speech

She’s going to college with a predatory professor

Abuse group warns “Her presence endorses recklessness”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking an Ohio Supreme Court justice to cancel her appearance at a college this week where an admitted abuser teaches.  

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Guam--Archbishop tries to discredit victim

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 14

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

A once devout Guam Catholic insider says that an archbishop urged him to try to discredit an abuse victim. The revelation echoes similar and fresh controversies in New York and Chile in which bishops also “trash” abuse victims.

http://www.junglewatch.info/2015/09/why-are-we-doing-this-what-do-we-have.html

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NY--Cardinal should denounce Syracuse bishops

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 13

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)

New York Cardinal Tim Dolan should harshly, publicly and immediately denounce two Syracuse bishops for blaming victims of pedophile priests for their victimization.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/victims_partly_to_blame_in_priest_sex-abuse_cases_syracuse_bishop_testified.html

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NY--"Denounce Syracuse bishop," group says

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 13

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)

Two Syracuse bishops have blamed victims of predator priests for their victimization. 

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/victims_partly_to_blame_in_priest_sex-abuse_cases_syracuse_bishop_testified.html

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NE--Victims seek “real reform” from diocese

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 10

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

For more than a dozen years, Lincoln Catholic officials have violated the weak, vague and ineffective US church abuse policy. So it’s hard to get excited that Bishop James Conley is belatedly complying with one part of that policy.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/for-lincoln-diocese-audit-adds-to-its-effective-child-protection-plan-70955/

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TX--Victims blast “rehab” of controversial preacher

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 11

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

It’s heartbreaking to see that a minister facing credible allegations of ignoring or concealing suspected child sex crimes is being given a place of prominence in a church conference.

After several years of adopting a lower public profile, Rev. C.J. Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Ky will speak at the biennial Together for the Gospel conference next spring in Louisville, Ky.

https://baptistnews.com/ministry/people/item/30461-controversial-preacher-returning-to-t4g-stage

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