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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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CT--Cleric won’t “ever be a priest again?” We doubt it.

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 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 prosecutor claims she’s been told that a Hartford priest will ‘never be a priest again.’ We doubt that’s true.

http://www.journalinquirer.com/crime_and_courts/former-east-windsor-priest-s-plea-deal-may-end-his/article_17a36c24-8fa7-11e5-835a-136033a4ee80.htmld

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CO--Denver predator priest sued for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 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 new lawsuit has been filed against a predator priest who lives in Denver. Colorado Catholic officials should warn parents, police, parishioners, prosecutors and the public about him.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151119/news/151118743/

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NY-- Predator priest spent time in Staten Island

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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

An accused predator priest from Long Island spent time in Staten Island. NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan should aggressively seek out anyone he may have hurt in the archdiocese.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/diocese-no-responsibility-for-priest-accused-of-sexually-abusing-li-girl-1.11143337

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MO--Victims urge new KC bishop to order staff to see film

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

For more information:  David Clohessy, davidgclohessy@gmail.com314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003

Victims to Bishop Johnston: “Make your staff see new film”

“Stop promoting complacency, start urging vigilance,” SNAP says

A victims group says Kansas City-St Joseph top Catholic official should make every parish and chancery employee go see a new film about the child sex abuse and cover up crisis in the church.

The highly acclaimed movie, Spotlight, opens at Kansas City area theaters today. It’s about how newspaper reporters uncovered decades of complicity in clergy sex crimes in the Boston archdiocese.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing Bishop James Johnston about the film. Officials at the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops have also sent public relations advice to every US diocese about the movie.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/09/catholic-church-leaders-send-guidance-dioceses-dealing-with-spotlight-movie/Y73IyCDYII8lEd24gq3jsI/story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/11/09/spotlight-portrayal-of-sex-abuse-scandal-is-making-the-catholic-church-uncomfortable-all-over-again/

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FL--Group praises man who exposed FL politician

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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

In Politico today, a former Congressional page explains his role in the Rep. Mark Foley sex scandal.  

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/11/the-page-who-took-down-the-gop-mark-foley-dennis-hastert-213378?paginate=false

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VT--VT bishop takes national position; victims urge “openness”

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

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

This week, Vermont Bishop Christopher Coyne takes charge of communication for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. What irony: He takes over during the week that a film called 'Spotlight' opens nationally. That movie depicts horrific deceit and corruption in the Boston Archdiocese, where Coyne worked as Cardinal Bernard Law’s primary mouthpiece, a post he held from 2002-2005. (See Rocco Palmo’s blog “Whispers in the Loggia.”)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/01_02/2011_01_14_BostonGlobe_RevCoyne.htm

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MN--Records about Crookston predator priest released

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Several pages of previously-secret records about a serial predator priest who worked in the Crookston diocese and abused in the Duluth diocese have been made public. They paint an unflattering view of the Catholic church hierarchy.

He’s Fr. Charles J. Gormly. Last December, “the Diocese of Duluth included Father Gormly on its official list of clergy members who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse,” according to a Minnesota newspaper.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/11_12/2014_12_14_Brainerd_Dispatch_Priest_at.htm

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/PriestList/231/Charles-Gormly.aspx

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NY--Victims blast L.I. bishop over abuse remarks

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Earlier this year, Pope Francis said "Everything possible must be done to rid the church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and healing for those who were abused."

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Pope-Francis-Everything-possible-must-be-done-to-rid-the-Church-of-the-scourge-of-sexual-abuse-390104

Today, Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy basically said “I disagree.”

Through one of his public relations staff, Murphy claims that he has “no responsibility” for a predator priest who worked in his diocese.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/diocese-no-responsibility-for-priest-accused-of-sexually-abusing-li-girl-1.11143337

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IN--Victims applaud Fogle sentencing

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Does 15 years in prison for ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle seem harsh? If so, consider this: “police say they reviewed nearly 160,000 text messages, more than 27,000 emails, and tens of thousands of videos and images.” Judge Tanya Walton Pratt is right: “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme.”

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WY--Records about WY predator priest released

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

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

Several pages of previously-secret records about a serial predator priest who worked and abused in Wyoming have been made public. They paint an unflattering view of the Catholic church hierarchy.

He’s Fr. Charles J. Gormly and he worked at churches in Rock Springs, Pine Bluffs, Lander and Laramie. Last December, “the Diocese of Duluth included Father Gormly on its official list of clergy members who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse,” according to a Minnesota newspaper.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/11_12/2014_12_14_Brainerd_Dispatch_Priest_at.htm

http://www.andersonadvocates.com/PriestList/231/Charles-Gormly.aspx

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