Media Statements

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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CT--Victims: “Priest should give passport to bishop”

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)

We’re disappointed that a predator priest has pled guilty to lesser charges but hope he’s found guilty and harshly punished next month on other charges. And we hope his bishop will insist that the priest turn over his passport so he can’t flee the country.

http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-east-windsor-priest-charges-reduced-1119-20151118-story.html

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/news/latestnews/8031943-129/former-priest-pleads-guilty-to-lesser-charge-in-assault-case.html

Earlier this week, we learned of yet another case (and there have been dozens, if not hundreds like this) in which a Catholic priest who abused a child fled overseas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/17/nyregion/long-island-family-sues-catholic-order-and-diocese-after-alleged-molestation.html

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CT--Secret records released re CT predator priest

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)

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

He’s Fr. Bernard W. Bissonette (a.k.a. Bissonnette). At least nine men have accused him of child sex crimes. One of them, Thomas Deary, committed suicide. Members of the Deary family travelled to New Mexico to confront Fr. Bissonette.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/07_08/2006_07_24_Taylor_TakingOn.htm

In the 1960s, Fr. Bissonette worked in the Norwich diocese at parishes in Moosup, Putnam and Pawcatuck.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/03_04/2006_03_08_Smith_JusticeFor.htm

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Vatican-- Vatican says it controls foreigners but not predator priests?

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)

Catholic officials are showing stunning hypocrisy as they pursue a journalist who they say used “leaked” documents to expose financial misdeeds.

Time and time again, Vatican officials claim they’re powerless over predator priests. That’s the claim they make when secular authorities, like two United Nations’ panels, criticize them for doing so little to prevent clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

But in a stunning display of hubris and hypocrisy, Catholic officials “assert jurisdiction over foreign citizens even when the alleged crime occurs outside the Vatican if the crime is considered to be against the Vatican itself, and if the potential penalty is over three years.” (Their basis for this power grab is a new Vatican law passed in 2013.)

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/11/18/journalist-refuses-to-answer-vatican-prosecutors-questions-over-leaks/

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Nationwide--Victims blast military abuse secrecy

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 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 troubling new investigation into sexual violence in the military shows a disturbing rate of child sex crimes and secrecy. We desperately hope that Congress and other governmental officials will step up efforts to protect children from military offenders and will hold hearings soon to devise ways to make our armed forces safer from predators and more transparent about their cases.

Governmental officials must be more open about sexual violence in the military. It’s just that simple. Otherwise, the safety of children and adults will be jeopardized. And public support for the armed services will be hurt.

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MN--Victims blast Duluth bishop over “continued secrecy”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, SNAP director Northern Minnesota (218-340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Shame on Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba and his public relations staff. Yesterday, they made one of the least compassionate and helpful statements we’ve ever seen from Catholic officials.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3884112-duluth-bishops-were-warned-about-sex-abuse-documents-show

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USA--Victims back government inquiry into child sex crimes & cover ups

For immediate release: Monday, November 16, 2015

Statement by Kevin Flood of Washington DC, SNAP spokesman (Horizons3@verizon.net)

Along with other groups, we in SNAP today are pushing for a governmental investigation into child sex crimes and cover ups, like Australian officials are doing and officials in other nations have done.

http://sol-reform.com/National_Commission_Sexual_Abuse_Children/

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DE--Victims want long prison term for priest

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 16, 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 are grateful that a Delaware priest who did prison time for sexually assaulting young men pled guilty today to child porn charges. Though some news accounts refer to him as an “ex-priest,” we’re not sure this is the case. He may not have been defrocked, though he has almost certainly been suspended.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/16/ex-priest-pleads-guilty-producing-child-porn/75864894/

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MD--US bishops meet; despite papal pledges, they don’t discuss abuse

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

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

There’s irony and tragedy today as the Washington DC-based US Conference of Catholic Bishops holds its annual meeting in Baltimore.

It’s ironic because, today, a former Washington DC priest who’d already served prison time for assaulting young men pled guilty to child pornography.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/16/ex-priest-pleads-guilty-producing-child-porn/75864894/

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NM--Victims want predator priest cases to move ahead

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 16, 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 victims of New Mexico predator priests want their cases to go to trial. We hope they succeed in their effort for justice, prevention and healing.

Gallup Independent

When Catholic bishops take advantage of bankruptcy laws, it stops nearly all litigation. This is hurtful, reckless and unjust. A number of adults who were victimized as kids in the Gallup diocese are asking a judge to let their clergy sex abuse and cover ups cases to proceed toward trial.

It’s bad enough to be sexually violated by a predator priest and betrayed by a callous bishop. But to then be denied your day in court because Catholic officials are exploiting Chapter 11 laws to keep a tight lid on their complicity is yet another layer of harm.

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NJ--Victims blast decision on accused predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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

Three priests have ‘cleared’ a fellow priest of sexually abusing a child. What a sham.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/church_tribunal_clears_priest_of_70s-era_sex_abuse.html

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MI--Another Detroit predator priest is “outed” for first time

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 13, 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 what may be the most terse and least compassionate church announcement of this sort we’ve ever seen, Detroit Catholic officials admit that a local priest is “credibly accused” of child sex crimes. Shame on Archbishop Allen Vigneron for his self-serving statement about Fr. Thomas J. Cain.

http://www.aod.org/our-archdiocese/newsroom/news-releases/2014/october/regarding-fr-thomas-j-cain/

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