Media Statements

OR--Victims blast Portland archbishop concerning predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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

If an Oregon Catholic priest wanted by the law has fled overseas, we suspect his church supervisors told or encouraged him to do so.

We’re saddened but not surprised by the news that Father Ysrael Bien of Sherwood may have left the country. Over the past 26 years, we’ve seen dozens or hundreds of cases like this in which accused sex offender priests have left the US, escaping law enforcement, while their Catholic colleagues and supervisors claim to be “shocked.”

(Just today, an admitted Newark predator priest says two fellow church staff told him to escape to Equador, where he’s now a school teacher.

See Newark Star Ledger story about Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza:

 http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/exclusive_priest_who_fled_country_admits_sex_with.html

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NJ--Victims urge blast Newark Catholic officials over predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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)

It’s heartbreaking to learn that, once again, New Jersey Catholic officials told a predator priest to flee the US to evade police. And it’s equally heartbreaking to learn that the priest later returned to the US and got a job around kids and remains a teacher even now.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/exclusive_priest_who_fled_country_admits_sex_with.html

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Ecuador--Victims urge action by Ecuador officials on predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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 priest who admits abusing a US boy now teaches in Ecuador. We beg Ecuadorian school, church and law enforcement officials to warn parents and the public about him and prosecute him if possible.  

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VA--Victims urge action by Virginia Catholic officials

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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 worked for three years in a northern Virginia school after raping a boy and fleeing overseas. We urge Virginia school officials and Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde to immediately and aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s crimes.   

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OR--Victims blast Portland archbishop over predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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

If an Oregon Catholic priest wanted by the law has fled overseas, we suspect his church supervisors told or encouraged him to do so.

We’re saddened but not surprised by the news that Father Ysrael Bien of Sherwood may have left the country. Over the past 26 years, we’ve seen dozens or hundreds of cases like this in which accused sex offender priests have left the US, escaping law enforcement, while their Catholic colleagues and supervisors claim to be “shocked.”   

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Scotland--Victims blast archbishop’s apology

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 18

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

Scotland’s top Catholic bishop has issued a weak, vague and self-serving apology to hundreds of victims of clerics who committed and concealed heinous child sex crimes. No one should be reassured or mollified by his hollow words.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/catholic-archbishop-philip-tartaglia-says-sorry-to-church-abuse-victims-31458696.html

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NY--Victims blast Jewish center for keeping controversial rabbi

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 17

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)

Shame on Donald Liss, Samson Fine, and every other Riverdale Jewish Center official who has decided to keep Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt on the job despite his sauna chats with naked boys. The painful question that they can’t adequately answer is this: “Why take such a needless risk with the safety of young people?”

http://www.jta.org/2015/08/17/news-opinion/united-states/sauna-rabbi-jonathan-rosenblatt-to-keep-orthodox-pulpit

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MO--Victims blast Missouri tourist attraction

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 17

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)

We urge Cape Girardeau area citizens to boycott the Iron Mountain Railroad. The head of the railroad is callously hurting adults who have been molested and youngsters who are being molested right now.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-man-who-portrayed-santa-is-charged-with-child-sex/article_43e62567-8fbd-5ac6-bccd-679db0eb9a8f.html

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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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