Media Statements

Philippines & CA--Ex L.A. priest molested Philippine presidential candidate

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Statement by Joelle Casteix of California, SNAP Southern California director (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

A priest who abused in Los Angeles is now accused of molesting a Philippine presidential candidate.

http://manila.coconuts.co/2015/12/08/confirmed-priest-who-sexually-abused-duterte-also-had-same-cases-us

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MI-- Archbishop must reach out to other victims, group says

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

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

Detroit Catholic officials must do aggressive outreach – to 20 parishes and across the entire archdiocese – to seek out and help others who were hurt by a just-accused predator priest.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/12/08/child-sex-abuse-allegation-against-late-priest-deemed-credible/

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MN--Predator priest loses at US Supreme Court

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a Minnesota predator priest. Now, Twin Cities Archbishop Bernard Hebda has no reason to sit back and do nothing. If he cares about healing the wounded and protecting the vulnerable, Hebda will work hard to find and help others who have been hurt by Fr. Christopher Wenthe.

Fr. Wenthe “was convicted in 2011 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sex with (a) woman at a meeting in which she sought counseling in 2003. State law makes it a felony for clergy members to have sex with people they are spiritually advising,” according to the AP.

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3984285.shtml

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_28373255/st-paul-priests-sex-misconduct-conviction-reinstated

http://www.mncourts.gov/opinions/sc/current/OPA120263-062415.pdf

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MN--Victims blast Duluth Catholic bankruptcy

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

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

Duluth’s Catholic bishop is making an immoral, selfish, and hurtful move by seeking bankruptcy protection. More kids are apt to be molested because of Bishop Paul Sirba’s irresponsible decision to put his comfort and his colleagues ahead of his flock and their families.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3898226-diocese-duluth-files-bankruptcy

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Bahamas--Secret records about 3 ex-Bahamas abusive cleric are released

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

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

Hundreds of pages of long-secret records about three child molesting Catholic priest who spent years in the Bahamas have been released. Church officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about them.

Fr. Richard Eckroth, Fr. Thomas Gillespie and Fr. Finian McDonald worked at Saint Augustine’s in Nassau the Bahamas. They’re all “credibly accused” of abuse, according to their church supervisors, and have been or are being sued for abuse.

McDonald admitted abusing 200 children and traveled frequently to Bahamas until 2002.

http://www.startribune.com/accused-monk-at-st-john-s-abbey-reports-more-than-200-sexual-encounters/353241311/

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MN--$5 million spent on archdiocesan bankruptcy

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

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

We’re deeply saddened – but not surprised - by the news that $5 million has been spent on the St. Paul archdiocesan bankruptcy. It’s tragic how much bishops will spend to keep their abuse cover ups covered up. 

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/archdiocese-bankruptcy  

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NH--He’s left the Catholic church but is now Unitarian minister

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 4, 2915

Ousted predator priest is cleric in another denomination

Victims want church officials to warn the public about him

He’s left the Catholic church but is now Unitarian minister

A New Hampshire priest who was ousted because of credible allegations of child sex abuse has apparently been a minister for years at a rural New Hampshire Unitarian church.

Fr. Mark Fleming now heads South Parish Unitarian in Charlestown, NH (603 826 3418)

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MO--Mizzou should rescind Bill Cosby honor, victims say

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

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

Mizzou officials should revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree and apologize for not doing so sooner. We applaud the faculty who are pushing for this simple but crucial move.

http://fox4kc.com/2015/12/02/university-of-missouri-faculty-suggest-revoking-cosby-degree/

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MI--Group praises lawsuit vs. abusive Catholic tutor

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Statement by SNAP leader Bill McAlary (616-514-0654bllmack1@gmail.com)

A young man who was sexually abused as a youngster by a tutor is filing a civil lawsuit against Catholic officials. We applaud his courage and are glad that he’s taking steps to expose those who ignored or concealed these heinous crimes. We’re especially grateful because too often, child sex crimes by women against boys and girls are minimized.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/12/teen_sex_assault_victim_files.html

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AZ--Secret records about ex-AZ abusive cleric are released

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

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

More than 600 pages of long-secret records about a child molesting Catholic priest who spent years in Arizona have been released. Arizona church officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about him.

He’s Father Bruce Wollmering. Twice, he was a graduate student (1969-70, 1975-78) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1976, he had an internship at U of A hospital and family clinic in Benson, AZ. In 1985-1986, he was granted “academic leave” from U of A.

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IL--Springfield priest wins big promotion; Victims react

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

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

A Springfield IL priest is being promoted to head (“rector”) perhaps the world’s most prominent Catholic seminary.  We’re disappointed by this move, especially because he comes from a diocese riddled with many clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

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WI--Two more Milwaukee predator priests are exposed

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Peter Isely 414 429 7250peterisely@yahoo.com

Two Milwaukee predators are exposed

Both admitted molesting kids in other states

Neither have ever been “outed” in Wisconsin before

One, an ex-seminarian, now faces pending criminal charges

SNAP: “Catholic officials should spread the word about them”

Two admitted child molesting Catholic clerics who spent time in Milwaukee are being publicly exposed as predators by a victims’ group. It’s urging local Catholic officials to help prosecutors convict one of them.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are warning the public about Kevin Sloniker, an ex-seminarian who was arrested weeks ago in Menomonie for sexually abusing children and Fr. Eric Middlecamp who Catholic officials acknowledge molested kids and worked in Milwaukee.

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