Media Statements

Vatican re-affirms gay priest ban; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Vatican officials are re-affirming their so-called ban on gay priests. 

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/vatican-reaffirms-ban-gay-priests

Scapegoating some adults protects no children. Behavior, not orientation, is what matters.

Half of our 20,000 plus members are women who were sexually assaulted as kids by priests, nuns, bishops and seminarians. It’s just wrong to assume or claim that most victims of child molesting clerics are boys.

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CA--Victims praise new Stanford abuse lawsuit

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Sexual violence is too common and too devastating to be left solely to the criminal justice system. That’s why we applaud the brave Stanford woman who is now suing the university for allegedly acting with 'deliberate indifference' to reports of sexual assault.

http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/12/07/stanford-failed-to-stop-sexual-predator-for-years-lawsuit-alleges/21622492/

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/12/06/lawsuit-stanford-acted-with-deliberate-indifference-to-reports-of-sexual-assault

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WI--Minister arrested on child sex charges; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Hale’s Corner minister has been arrested on child sex charges. We are glad that he’s been caught but we’re disappointed in how his supervisors and colleagues are responding. We call on them to work aggressively to help law enforcement prosecute the offender and find - and help – any other victims.

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/nov/26/pastor-charged-multiple-counts-child-molestation/

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Vatican--Victims question “resources” offered by papal abuse commission

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Among other “resources,” the new Vatican abuse website “provides links to statements by Popes John Paul II, Benedict and Francis over the past 15 years on the subject.”

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/pope-francis-commission-protection-minors-launches-new-website

Really?

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Vatican--Victims “depressed” by papal abuse panel website

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

The new website of the papal abuse panel is depressingly disingenuous.

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/vatican-commission-launches-child-protection-website.cfm

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Poland--Victims blast Polish authorities re Roman Polanski

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are disappointed that once again Roman Polanski is escaping justice.

http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/4679028-155/polands-top-court-upholds-refusal-to

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Argentina--Convicted abuser attacked in church; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are upset that a convicted child molester was beaten to death in an Argentine church. Violence is never the answer. 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/851181/pedophile-killed-in-attack-by-parents-inside-cathedral

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OR--Victims urge church staff to do outreach re predator

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are glad that a Baptist youth pastor has been arrested and allegedly admitted child sex crimes. But we’re disappointed in how his supervisors and colleagues are responding and call on them to work aggressively to help law enforcement prosecute the offender and find and help his victims.

 http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20161205/former-ashland-pastor-faces-sex-abuse-charges

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MI--2 accused in priest abuse case quietly move out of Michigan; Victims cry “foul”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Two accused church officials quietly move

One still works for an institution training priests

Victims’ blast “reckless secrecy” of Saginaw’ Catholic bishop

Investigation showed cleric “sexually harassed” a then-22 year old

Lawsuit says church official accused victim of seducing older priest 

Two defendants in a civil abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a Saginaw priest have apparently moved out of state. A victims group is blasting the priest’s supervisor for “doing what bishops have done for decades: letting alleged wrongdoers quietly move away after being accused and work again among unsuspecting and vulnerable families.”

One of the accused, Trudy McCaffrey, still works for the church in Irene, South Dakota where she’s a "spiritual director" for Broom Tree Retreat, cultivating new priests. The other defendant, the alleged predator in the case, Father Denis Heames, now works for a San Diego California lawyer.

https://m.facebook.com/InstituteforPriestlyFormation/posts/128704013975273

https://www.linkedin.com/in/denis-heames-9a9736122

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PA--Victims “thrilled” by ruling in Bill Cosby case

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re thrilled for Andrea Constand and all victims of sexual violence, many of whom will no doubt feel some sense of relief and vindication at a decision today in the Bill Cosby case. A judge ruled that a 2005 deposition in which  Cosby “admits to extramarital affairs and giving other women drugs with their consent so they'd have sex with him can be used by attorneys in a criminal case against him,” according to CNN.

Thousands of predators have exploited legal technicalities and maneuvers to suppress evidence against themselves. We’re grateful this one offender no longer can.

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Switzerland--Victims blast Swiss church abuse program

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis Missouri, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are deeply skeptical of Catholic church abuse victim pay out plans like the one just adopted by Swiss bishops.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reparations_victims--fund-available-to-catholic-church-abuse-victims/42730666

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Canada--Accused priest is allegedly “cleared” by police; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are disappointed but not surprised that a criminal investigation into an accused predator priest has ended without formal charges. We doubt, however, that he has “convinced police he’s innocent.” (We suspect police simply lack adequate proof to move forward, which of course does NOT mean the accused is innocent.)

And we’re highly skeptical of Catholic officials that they’ll do some kind of “internal investigation” into the cleric. In our experience, such probes are usually “whitewashes” done largely for public relations purposes.

http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7003292-peterborough-priest-cleared-of-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct-diocese/

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