Media Statements

KY--Victims worried about new Lexington bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 12

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

We’re worried about Lexington’s new bishop and how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

In a 2008 interview, Rev. John Stowe made three troubling comments about the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/01_02/2008_01_25_Gonzalez_SiftingThrough.htm  

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ME--Victims beg others to come forward on trial’s eve

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

Soon a cleric accused of child sex crimes will go on trial, and it’s never too late for those who saw, suspected or suffered his wrongdoing to step forward. We hope more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers will find the courage to call law enforcement about Adam Metropoulos of Bangor.

http://wabi.tv/2015/03/11/trial-to-start-against-bangor-priest-accused-of-sex-crimes/  

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KY--New Lexington bishop may be named tomorrow

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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)

A noted Vatican observer and blogger, Rocco Palmo, says that tomorrow the Vatican will name a new Catholic bishop for the Lexington Diocese.   

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MN--Notorious MN predator priest defrocked

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

Father Curtis Wehmeyer has apparently been defrocked by the Vatican. The recklessness and callousness shown by Twin Cities Catholic officials in this case is among the most egregious that we've seen in the past decade.   

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MA--Letter from mom of Bill Cosby victim

                     An open letter to Dr. Camille Cosby, from one Mother to another Mother

After meeting your husband in 1988, I felt that I knew you both.  The similarities in our lives as young adults in the mid 60’s were striking!  Both our husband’s names are “Bill” for William, both born in July and the same sign, both college graduates, both black fraternity men, both successful in their professions, and both with a unique sense of humor too.  As couples we met in the same city of Washington, DC and visited the same venues as dating couples: Ben’s Chilly Bowl, Rock Creek Park, Howard’s campus and games, The Cellar Door, and others. You married in 1964 in Olney, MD not far from where we later lived. We married in 1965 in DC.  All of our children have pursued higher education. Our son was in college in 1988. Our value system is rather “old school” as is yours from what I know.    

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MO--More Catholic abuse records to be turned over

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

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)

Last year, a St. Louis judge ordered the Catholic archdiocese to turn over to a victim’s lawyer church abuse and cover up records over a 20 year span.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/07_08/2014_07_07_Lilly_Post-Dispatch_Settlement_Settlement.htm   

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CA--Group praises Cosby victim's mom

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 10

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)

We applaud Judy Thompson for her courageous letter to comedian Bill Cosby’s wife Camille and each of the women who are seeking justice and healing by suing Cosby, filing police reports against him or speaking out about his crimes.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in SNAP over the past quarter century, it’s that persistence and creativity can sometimes prevail over even the most powerful or popular predator.

 

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IL--Victims respond to full Bishop Paprocki statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 10

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

Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki blasted our group and the news media today, twice deceptively using the phrase "rumors and gossip" and accusing journalists of reporting “without question” allegedly “false and defamatory claims.”  (We've just now gotten a copy of his statement.)  

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IL--Victims predict Springfield bishop’s criticism

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 10

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

In his news conference today, we suspect that Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki will criticize our group for raising concerns about what he’ll call “old” cases.   

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WI--In a major victory for Milwaukee clergy abuse survivors, 7th Circuit Federal Court rules against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s transfer of $58 million dollars

Decision rejects first amendment argument, opens the door to determine if the Vatican and Dolan constituted the trust for purposes of fraud

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Or Mark Salmon, SNAP Milwaukee director 414.712.2092

In a major victory for some 575 victims of childhood rape and sexual assault by dozens of Milwaukee Roman Catholic clergy, the 7th Circuit Federal Court in Chicago ruled this afternoon in a strongly worded statement that a $58 million dollar “cemetery trust” constituted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York while he was Archbishop of Milwaukee is not protected by the first amendment.  The ruling could have major consequences for Dolan and the Vatican, since the court can now determine if the trust was fraudulently created by him and the Vatican before the Archdiocese declared bankruptcy four years ago.    

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NY/WI- $58 million dollar “cemetery trust” not protected by the first amendment

In a major victory for Milwaukee clergy abuse survivors, 7th Circuit Federal Court rules against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s transfer of $58 million dollars

Decision rejects first amendment argument, opens the door to determine if the Vatican and Dolan constituted the trust for purposes of fraud

For immediate released Monday, March 9, 2015

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee) 414.429.7259

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MO--Victims applaud court ruling on church leafleting

For immediate release: Monday, March 9

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)

A three judge panel has agreed with us that legislators were wrong to pass a law severely limiting freedom of speech near churches.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article13108751.html  

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