Media Statements

CA--FACT SHEET on clerics who were exposed elsewhere as abusers but worked in the Sacramento Diocese

In about 20 minutes, using one website (BishopAccountability.org), we found ten proven, admitted or credibly accused predator priests who were “outed” elsewhere but worked in the Sacramento area. On 9/8/15, SNAP disclosed their names:

--Fr. Robert "Bob" Marsicek

According to his personnel files, his superiors repeatedly told him to stop hugging and touching children. In May 2012, Sacramento police launched an investigation of Marsicek after a woman reported that the priest had molested her two sons in the late 1980s and early 1990s while he was their parish pastor.

Fr. Marsicek’s direct supervisor is Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, who knew of the Sacramento investigation but kept Fr. Marsicek in ministry in Milwaukee. Almost a year later, Fr. Marsicek was put on leave after a parish school teacher reported that she observed him on several occasions inappropriately touching a little girl.

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MN--Victims blast predator priest’s “healing center”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 8

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

We are alarmed that a convicted Minnesota predator priest is trying to raise money and start a “healing center.”

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/convicted-priest-wants-to-buy-st-paul-chancery

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NJ--Victims urge church officials to restore memorial

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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)

Why must already-wounded and betrayed abuse survivors be forced to pay for a memorial at a Catholic church? Why can’t New Jersey church officials pony up this time?

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news/mendham-memorial-to-clergy-abuse-victims-damaged-again/article_2dfd370c-3972-500d-a764-4030ee62aaeb.html

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TN--Victims urge “outreach” in church abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 4

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 applaud law enforcement personnel for catching an abusive minister who fled overseas and hope the alleged criminal’s church colleagues will aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/29957115/former-youth-pastor-charged-with-rape-extradited-to-shelby-county

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IL-- Victims urge parishioners to show compassion

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 4

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)

Every time parishioners rally around a credibly accused child molesting cleric, it’s sad, tiresome and hurtful, to vulnerable kids, wounded and ultimately to the parish itself.

That’s what’s happening now in Peoria with Fr. Terry Cassidy, who was suspended last month by Bishop Daniel Jenky because of an abuse report.

http://www.chillicothetimesbulletin.com/article/20150902/NEWS/150909786

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NY--Victims blast Orthodox man who assaulted whistleblower

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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)

A Brooklyn abuse advocate is suing a man who allegedly threw bleach on him.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/activist-outed-pedophiles-suing-bleach-attack-article-1.2347581

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Malta--Bishops pledge to post predators’ names

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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 are grateful, and kids are safer, any time a predator’s name is posted on line or appears in print. So we’re glad that Malta Catholic officials will reportedly put child molesting clerics’ names on church websites.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150903/local/names-of-defrocked-priests-to-start-being-published-on-church-websites.583044

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MO-- Diocese pays settlement re Naples predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Diocese pays abuse settlement

Cleric is long time Naples resident

Victim is veteran head of support group

Pedophile priest worked in nine Missouri towns

Man worries that predator “may still be hurting kids now”

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MI--Orthodox bishop ousted for alleged sexual misconduct

For immediate release, Thursday, September 3, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A Michigan Orthodox bishop has been put on leave and forbidden to work as a priest while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated. A victims’ group applauds the disclosure but wants church officials to do more.

On September 1st, Dearborn Heights Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (517-522-4800nathaniel@roea.org) publicly disclosed on his website that his auxiliary bishop, Irineu Duvlea (517-456-4474monastery@holy-ascension.org), was being investigated by the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

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IL--Victims write Peoria bishop about accused priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Jeff Jones, Peoria SNAP leader (jjones10072gmail.com, 815 985 9441)

Victims challenge bishop about alleged predator priest

He’s a “credibly accused child molester,” church admits

But group worries that his whereabouts now are secret

“We fear he has hurt others or is hurting others,” SNAP says

Cleric reportedly also led weekend retreats for Catholic teenagers

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Poland--Victims urge papal outreach to archbishop Wesolowski's victims; Polish bishops should do this, too!

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the sake of healing, we call on Pope Francis to aggressively do outreach in each of the ten nations where Archbishop Josef Wesolowski spent time as a cleric. The pontiff should publicly beg anyone who was hurt by Wesolowski to come forward and get help.

(The nations are: Poland, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico.)

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bweso.html

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Vatican--Victims urge papal outreach to archbishop Wesolowski's victims

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the sake of healing, we call on Pope Francis to aggressively do outreach in each of the ten nations where archbishop Josef Wesolowski spent time as a cleric. The pontiff should publicly beg anyone who was hurt by Wesolowski to come forward and get help.

(The nations are: Poland, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico.)

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bweso.html

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