VA- Indicted child molesting clergyman to speak at VA church

For immediate release: April, 2, 2014 

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia SNAP Director, SNAPVirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044

The former pastor of Richmond Outreach Center, who has been indicted by the grand jury for sexually assaulting kids, is scheduled to speak on Good Friday at a local Baptist church.

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Ireland- Did Vatican deceive UN panel? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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) 

Irish minister Alan Shatter is seeking clarification from the Vatican for their misleading statements before a United Nations panel about the Magdalene laundries. We are disappointed, but not surprised by both the Vatican’s deception and the nuns' unchanged refusal to help victims. 

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MA- O'Malley calls SNAP “angry & hurt” - SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Statement by Phil Saviano (617-983 5075) of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

In a derisive put-down, Boston's top Catholic official is criticizing the motives of thousands of members of our self-help group. 

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PA- Victims blast Penn State Trustee candidates over Paterno statue

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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)

We are deeply disappointed that three candidates for the Penn State trustees have expressed a desire to restore Joe Paterno’s legacy. At least one of them -Ricardo Azziz- specifically wants Paterno’s statue put back up. 

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GA- Archbishop offers "weird" apology; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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) 

Gregory's "apology" about his extravagant spending rings hollow.

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IL- Another Belleville predator priest suit filed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 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)

Another person who was sexually assaulted by Belleville's Fr. Robert J. Vonnahmen has filed a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against Catholic officials.

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CA- Records on SD predator priest are released, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 1, 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)

Long secret records about a San Diego predator priest have been released in Minnesota where he molested before he moved to California.

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CT- Priest arrested for sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A Connecticut priest who has been suspended since last year has been arrested for sexual assault. We are glad that this dangerous predator has finally been arrested. 

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MN- Children’s pastor arrested for soliciting a minor, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 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 Minnesota children’s pastor has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a minor. We are extremely concerned that a man entrusted by his community to lead children in their faith has been arrested for allegedly sexually soliciting a child. 

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Rome- Vatican blesses bishops' plan to NOT report child abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 28

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

With the blessing of the Vatican, Italy's bishops have formally declared they have no duty to call police if they suspect that a child is being sodomized or raped. 

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National- Bishops praise themselves on child sex abuse again, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We have three objections to these new claims by US bishops.

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NE- Diocese refuses to participate in church abuse program

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 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 Catholic panel has released a report on whether and how bishops are abiding by the vague, weak and virtually never enforced "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."  

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