Media Statements

NJ- Victims blast Trenton bishop for legal tactics

For immediate release: Monday, June 2, 2014

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

Our hearts ache for Chris Naples, Patrick Newcombe, Bob Markulic and the other victims of Fr. Terence McAlinden. And our stomachs churn at Trenton Bishop David O'Connell's disgusting legal maneuvers in this case.

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MA- Predator priest case dropped on technicality, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 2, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A child sex case against a predator priest who is in Billerica has been dropped because of a legal technicality. We urge Cardinal Sean O'Malley to take aggressive steps to find and help others the priest has hurt.

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NY- Predator priest who worked in NYC is jailed

For immediate release: Monday, June 2, 2014

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

A former Catholic priest who worked in NYC has been sentenced to ten years in prison for abusing dozens of boys in Australia. We are glad this dangerous criminal is behind bars and we urge NY Catholic officials - especially Cardinal Tim Dolan - to aggressively reach out to others the priest has hurt.

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MO- Pedophile priest is subject of hearing

For immediate release: Sunday, June 1, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris (314) 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 

Pedophile priest is subject of hearing 

He's been arrested twice & faces a civil suit

Cleric has moved with and lived with archbishop

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Aussie- Report delivers hope for justice at last amid attack on whistleblower

For immediate release: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Statement by Nicky Davis, SNAP Australia Leader (04 4901 8594 nickydavis2011@gmail.com)   

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests welcomes the finding of the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, released yesterday, which revealed that there were grounds for charges to be laid against one senior Australian Catholic church official.

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MN- Investigation into Catholic professor should go on, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, May 30, 2014

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

A professor at a Catholic university – who may have helped a predator priest hide his crimes – has stepped down. 

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KY- Priest sentenced to 15 years in jail, Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, May 30, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A child sex abuse case against a Louisville priest has finally ended. We are glad that this dangerous predator will be behind bars for a long time.

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Mexico- Priest defrocked for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 30, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Mexican priest, who has been found guilty of child sexual abuse, was defrocked by the Vatican. We are glad this predator has been defrocked and that a complaint has been filed with secular authorities. But, it's irresponsible for church officials to stop here. They must aggressively reach out to others who saw, suspected or suffered this cleric's crimes. And they must harshly punish any other church staff or members who ignored or concealed these crimes.

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CA- Teacher found guilty in child sex abuse case, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 30, 2014

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, CA, East Bay Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A former Catholic school teacher was convicted yesterday of three felony counts for having sex with a 14-year-old student. We are grateful for this verdict and hope he will receive the maximum prison sentence of four years and four months. The longer he is kept in prison and away from kids, the safer they will be. 

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NJ- Basketball coach charged with child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A former New Jersey youth basketball coach and school administrator was charged with child sexual abuse. The Newark Archdiocese has vowed to cooperate. We hope that is true and we hope the Archdiocese provides outreach to victims.

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AZ- Local pastor removed for allegations of abuse, Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, May 29, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP western regional director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Phoenix's St. Thomas parish has been plagued by alleged abusive clerics. Another one has just been publicly exposed. 

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MN- Archbishop should be fired say victims

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Twice Archbishop John Nienstedt's former second-in-command suggested that the archbishop consider resigning, according to a just-released sworn deposition.

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