SNAP & CCR file 2nd UN complaint vs. Vatican

For immediate release: Monday, April 14, 2014

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

People are safest when power is checked. But roughly one billion people are involved in an institution in which power is basically unchecked. It's the Catholic Church. And its structure leaves their children vulnerable to those who would commit and conceal child sex crimes. 

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TX- Catholic records sought by victims' lawyer; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, April 14, 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 lawyer representing clergy sex abuse victims has filed a motion seeking records from the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi because of the crimes of Fr. Clement Hageman. 

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Netherlands- Dutch bishop molests kids

For immediate release: Friday, April 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)

Catholic officials admit that a controversial Dutch bishop sexually assaulted at least two boys. Our hearts ache for their victims. And we are outraged that church officials hid the bishop's crimes so long and describe them in such vague, self-serving ways, saying he “had violated the privacy of a former student grossly.  

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Vatican- It's wrong for pope to ask forgiveness, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, April 11, 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)

Pope Francis says he felt “called to take upon himself” the subject of clergy sex crimes and cover ups. He should. He is the world's only global monarch and he continues to let this decades-old crisis fester and build by refusing to take even a single step that protects a single child or exposes a single wrongdoer.

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Vatican- Pope seeks forgiveness: victims respond

For immediate release Friday, April 11, 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)

We beg the world’s Catholics: be impressed by deeds, not words. Until the Pope takes decisive action that protects kids be skeptical and vigilant. 

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MA- Students file FOIA request re Boston clergy sex settlement

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10 

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

Virginia law school students are filing a Freedom of Information Act request to find out details of clergy sex abuse and cover up settlement in the Boston Archdiocese. We applaud this move.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/your-homework-assignment-sue-the-federal-government/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0  

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FL- Pastor found not guilty of child sex crimes

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10 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)

It's heartbreaking that despite child sex crime allegations by at least ten individuals, a jury has found Rev. Jeffery London not guilty.

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France- Priest indicted for rape and torture, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10, 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 French priest was indicted for raping and torturing multiple women at a private religious school. We are saddened by this revelation, but glad victims are speaking up and action is being taken. 

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PA- Victims blast Harrisburg man

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Victims blast Harrisburg man

He's running for university trustee

And he wants controversial statue restored

That “hurts victims & endangers kids,” group says

A Harrisburg man is being criticized because he wants Penn State University to put back up a statue of Coach Joe Paterno. 

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NY- New Albany Catholic bishop is installed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10, 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)

We are not optimistic about Albany's new Catholic bishop, Edward B. Scharfenberger, who is being installed today.

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AL- Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting a minor, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 10, 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 Valley Grande pastor was arrested for multiple charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. We are grateful this dangerous predator is in jail.

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IL- Youth minster charged with child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 9, 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 Cicero youth pastor has been charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse in a case involving multiple children. We are deeply saddened that there are likely more victims suffering in silence and self-blame. 

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