NY- Round Lake priest arrested, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 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 Round Lake priest was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor. We are grateful this predator is being held accountable, but worried that he has been released. Even though there is an order of protection for the victim, there could be more victims who have not yet come forward. 

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IL- Twice-accused priest will “self-restrict,” archdiocese claims

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 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)  

The Archdiocese of Chicago says a twice-accused predator priest will stay in a parish, but has supposedly agreed not to be alone with children. 

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TN- Victims seek apology from top Baptist official

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 

For more info: David Clohessy, 314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com 

Abuse victims seek apology 

Top Baptist official attacked them

He called support group "opportunistic"

Group wants to speak at SBC annual meeting 

A victims group is asking the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to apologize for his "very hurtful comment" about the organization and for a chance to speak at the annual SBC meeting in Baltimore this summer.

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NH- Priest sentenced for theft; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 23, 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)

The long-time second-in-command of the New Hampshire Catholic diocese, Msgr. Edward Arsenault (he has not been defrocked), is being sentenced Wednesday, April 23 after pleading guilty to theft.

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MN- Nienstedt won't punish "enablers;" SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 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)

In our view, here's the most important admission in Archbishop John Nienstedt 's deposition.

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MN- Group praises victim & litigation re Nienstedt deposition release

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 

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

"It's just about money." That’s what many Catholic officials say when they're sued for committing and concealing child sex crimes. But today's release of Archbishop John Nienstedt's deposition is proof that civil lawsuits are a key tool in the struggle to safeguard children from predators.

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WV- 'warlock' arrested for sexually assaulting children, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 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 Bluefield man, who claims to be a “warlock,” was arrested for sexually assaulting children. Our heart aches for the innocent kids who were hurt and their families.

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NE- Former youth pastor faces 40 years in prison, victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

A former youth pastor from Kearney was sentenced to 17-40 years in prison for sexually assaulting 3 boys. We are grateful to the brave victims who spoke up and to the judge for a strict sentence. 

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Rome- Victims blast Polish priest who defends JPII on Maciel

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 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) 

Canonizing Pope John Paul II is an extraordinarily hurtful move. Now, the pain is being made worse by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, who insists that the now-deceased pope had “no personal involvement” in the horrific, decades-long Fr. Marcial Maciel scandal. 

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WA- Yakima Catholic bishop "splits hairs"

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 22, 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) 

Yakima's Catholic bishop is  desperately trying to evade responsibility for a child molesting cleric by stressing that the cleric's crimes happened during guitar lessons that weren't "church-sanctioned." That is disgusting hair-splitting. Deacon Aaron Ramirez would likely never have been trusted by this boy or his parents had Yakima's bishop not irresponsibly held Ramirez out to be a holy, celibate man when he clearly wasn't. 

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IL- 2nd man reports abuse by Fr. O'Connell

I knew Father Mike O’Connell, but I didn't know he was a priest because of all the steroids at a gym where I was a member.

 

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MO- SNAP says Carlson violates privacy of Fr. Jiang's second victim

For immediate release: Monday, April 21, 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 members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we help anyone who was hurt in any institutional setting.

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