For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 27
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Is a child anywhere on earth safer now that a pope, for maybe the seventh or eighth time or ninth time, has briefly chatted with abuse victims? No.
A smart public relations move. That’s what this meeting is. Nothing more.
For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 25
For more information: Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org), Joelle Casteix (949 322 7434, email@example.com), Peter Isely (414 429 7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), David Clohessy (314 566 9790, email@example.com)
Pope speaks to UN but rebuffs UN treaties
Two UN committees investigated church cover-ups
Both issued reports last year harshly blasting Vatican
Experts made dozens of prevention recommendations
But Francis refuses to adopt them and turn over evidence
View the complete UN committee reports here: http://ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/our-cases/snap-v-pope-et-al
Members of SNAP and the Center for Constitutional Rights will be available for in-person comment and interviews from 11 am to 2 pm at CCR’s offices: 666 Broadway, 7th floor, NYC, 212-614-6464, or at the contact numbers above.
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
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)
Yesterday, Pope Francis refused to criticize, even obliquely, even one US Catholic official yesterday for words or deeds that hurt innocent kids or wounded victims.
So today, while he’s in New York, we hope the pope will discipline or at least denounce two Syracuse bishops who have blamed victims of predator priests for their victimization. (This news just came to light last week. )
For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) (312-399-4747,firstname.lastname@example.org)
In a speech to U.S. bishops, according to ABC News, Francis “does not specifically reference the pedophilia that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church.”
He does, however, speak of some alleged “great sacrifice" made by bishops because of the abuse and cover up crisis.
September 23, 2015
00120 Vatican City
Dear Pope Francis,
I am one of 575 victims of childhood rape, sexual assault or abuse by clergy who have worked in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who have filed cases seeking restitution from the church in US Federal Bankruptcy Court. I am writing to you on our behalf and on behalf of our families.
Every rape or sexual assault of a child is a double act of theft: first it steals the body and then it steals the voice.
For immediate release, September 23, 2015
Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP Midwest Director (414 429 7259, email@example.com)
The editor of the independent National Catholic Reporter takes Francis to task today – as he should – for his first remarks about the church’s seemingly-endless scandal of sexual violence and secrecy.
An NCR reporter says that Francis made “an oblique” reference to the abuse and cover up crisis. And NCR editor Dennis Coday said that the pope’s “sadly disappointing” message was “a glaring oversight” that “will undoubtedly raise the charges of ‘he just doesn’t get it.’”