Media Statements

KY--Victims urge outreach in priest porn case

For immediate release: Saturday, Aug. 15

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

Louisville Catholic officials and church members face a simple but crucial question: Do you help law enforcement, or not, in a child porn investigation against a priest. We hope they find the courage to do what’s right and aggressively seek out anyone who might have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by a just-suspended priest.

http://www.whas11.com/story/news/investigations/2015/08/15/pastor-leave-child-porn-investigation/31775213/

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MI--Victims urge blast Grand Rapids bishop over predator

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 14

Statement by SNAP leader Bill McAlary (616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com), who was abused as a child by Fr. Stanislaus A. Bur, who worked in parishes in Grand Rapids, Beal City, Hastings, Traverse City, Muskegon, Ionia, Maple City, Beal City, Kinde, Pinnebog and Beaver).

Grand Rapids Catholic officials apparently kept silent about child sex abuse reports against a priest. They apparently kept silent when while supposedly “investigating” those reports. They apparently kept silent when they deemed those reports credible. They apparently kept silent when they quietly sent the case to the Vatican. And only now, likely years later, are Grand Rapids Catholic officials finally disclosing that he’s a child molester, while providing virtually no helpful information that might protect other vulnerable kids Shame on them.

http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/multimedia/Pages/Statement_regarding_Father_Charles_Antekeier.aspx#.Vc4lP_lVhBe

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OH--Man indicted in Steubenville rape case is now a principal

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 13


Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003snapjudy@gmail.com)

It's heart-breaking that the Switzerland school board has hired an ex-Steubenville city school superintendent who was once indicted and charged by a special grand jury,

http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/579972/Former-school-chief--hired.html?nav=5010 

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Germany--Victims blast Pope’s decision re “Bishop of Bling”

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 13

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

German Catholics, who were deceived and exploited by a selfish bishop, are apparently being rebuffed by Pope Francis in their effort to seek justice. It’s the same old pattern: corrupt Catholic officials are given “mercy” while their victims are given nothing.

http://www.dw.com/en/report-pope-francis-to-let-bling-bishop-tebartz-van-elst-off-the-hook-for-damages/a-18646605

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MO--Victims diss bishop’s apology

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 11

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

KC Catholic officials are issuing apologies and holding “healing services.” Their priorities are backwards.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article30729171.html

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Q & A on Pope Francis and the abuse/cover up crisis

By David Clohessy, director of SNAP (davidgclohessy@gmail.com, 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

Francis has done more about the abuse crisis than his predecessors. Isn't that encouraging?

First, we should judge church officials NOT by what their terrible predecessors did but by what responsible officials would do. It's little comfort to a girl who's been raped under Francis to say "Well, under Benedict, there might have been an even smaller chance of your predator being ousted."

Neither Benedict nor Francis has exposed a single child molesting cleric or really punished a single complicit church official. They've made lots of reassuring talk but taken little meaningful action.

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WI--Creditors Committee in child sex abuse bankruptcy never agreed to key settlement terms announced by Milwaukee Archdiocese

Creditors Committee in child sex abuse bankruptcy never agreed to key settlement terms announced by Milwaukee Archdiocese

Archdiocese secretly removed 80 victims from settlement after agreement

Chair says victims were “duped” in mediation

Time for an investigation by the Federal Bankruptcy Trustee and the Department of Justice

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

The Chair of the Creditors Committee of the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s nearly five year old child sex abuse bankruptcy is saying today that the committee can no longer support the settlement agreement unilaterally announced by Archbishop Jerome Listecki last week.

According to Charles Linneman, the Chair of the Creditors Committee, at least 80 victims were removed from the settlement without the committee’s knowledge. 

 

 

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MO--Another child sex suit vs. archdiocese; SNAP blasts secrecy

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bddorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
“Openness and transparency.” That’s what Archbishop Robert Carlson keeps promising. But he keeps breaking this promise.
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Canada--Victims urge CA authorities to nab predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7

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

A predator priest who is wanted in Canada walks free today in Malta. We hope Canadian authorities will move quickly to apprehend him before he disappears.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150807/local/updated-government-does-not-agree-with-decision-to-grant-paedophile.579655   

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MA--Victims applaud DOC probe into predator priest pix

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

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

Shame on everyone involved in the effort to sell photos of Boston’s most notorious predator priest. We hope the Department of Correction’s investigation will be swift but thorough. And we hope the wrongdoers will be caught and harshly punished.   

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MN--SNAP: “Real numbers in Catholic church scandal are much higher”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

About 407 abuse victims of Twin Cities child molesting Catholic clerics have stepped forward in just a few months. Now, there’s a risk that the extent of the abuse and cover up crisis will be understated.

http://www.startribune.com/attorneys-say-sex-abuse-claims-against-archdiocese-of-st-paul-and-minneapolis-surpass-400/320546922/    

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MO--Another child sex suit vs. archdiocese; SNAP blasts secrecy

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7

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)

“Openness and transparency.” That’s what Archbishop Robert Carlson keeps promising. But he keeps breaking this promise.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/lawsuit-filed-against-st-louis-archdiocese-alleges-abuse-by-high/article_f3c46d38-b846-537a-90eb-eb742aac6032.html   

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