Media Statements

Rome--"Punishment, not advice, will stop church cover-ups"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 17

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

There’s never been a shortage of good people willing to advise Catholic officials on abuse. There’s been – and remains – a shortage of Catholic officials who practice celibacy and are thus able to defrock clerics who hide crimes, help predators and hurt kids. So whether yet another church abuse panel adds yet more members won’t change this.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/12/17/pope_names_new_members_of_child_protection_commission/1115094   

Read more
1 reaction Share

OR--Second alleged sex offender surfaces at Catholic school

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 17

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

A second staff member at a Portland Catholic school is accused of inappropriate sexual misconduct with a student. We beg Archbishop Alexander Sample to break his silence and discipline Central Catholic school officials for their reckless actions.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23694-personnel-foul.html

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Another-Central-Catholic-HIgh-School-football-coach-was-investigated-by-police-286053521.html   

Read more
1 reaction Share

Rome--No law enforcement official on papal abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 17,

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 )

There seems to be no prosecutor or police official on Francis’ abuse study panel. In other words, while several disciplines are represented, there’s apparently no one on the panel who’s really accustomed to imposing discipline. And that’s what continues to be missing throughout this crisis – real discipline for church employees who endanger children.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/12/17/pope_names_new_members_of_child_protection_commission/1115094

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/europe/pope-names-members-of-anti-abuse-group.html  

Read more
1 reaction Share

AZ--At least 17 predator priests worked in AZ

At least 17 predator priests worked in AZ; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 16

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

According to disclosures today by a Catholic bishop, at least 17 credibly accused predator priests worked and lived in at least 26 Arizona towns (Chinle, Winslow, Holbrook, Page, Prescott, St. Johns, Concho, Kingman, Clarksdale, Ash Fork, Flagstaff, Seligman, Yarnell, Springerville, Lukachukai, Ft. Defiance, Tuba City, St. Michaels, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Humboldt, Mayer, Leupp, Show Low, Cibecue and McNary).

http://www.kvoa.com/news/diocese-releases-credibly-accused-list-of-clergy/

 

Read more
2 reactions Share

NM--Victims blast NM medical board over Dr. Driskill

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11

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)

The New Mexico Medical Board are mischaracterizing and minimizing the alleged misdeeds of Dr. Christopher S. Driskill. It describes him as reportedly having “sexual relationships” with patients. That’s wrong. He’s accused of sexually exploited patients. This isn’t hair-splitting. It’s an important distinction.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/us/in-new-mexico-deliverer-of-a-towns-children-faces-salacious-accusations.html?ref=us  

Read more
1 reaction Share

MO--Convicted child molesting "rabbi" back in St. Louis

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11

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)

A convicted child molesting Jewish teacher – who molested a boy at a synagogue here - is back in St. Louis. For the safety of kids, we hope synagogue officials will warn the public about him and will aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes, begging them to call law enforcement immediately.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/australia-deports-sex-offender-back-to-st-louis/article_8df7fce3-1b1a-54e7-95f6-2611d312f98c.html  

Read more
2 reactions Share

NY--Syracuse bishop must do more re predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11

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’re grateful to two retired police officers who are helping to expose stunning recklessness and deceit by Syracuse Catholic officials. They say law enforcement staff warned a Catholic bishop about suspected sexual misconduct by Msgr. Charles Eckermann.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/thirty_years_before_child-molesting_accusations_against_priest_syracuse_police_r.html#incart_river  

Read more
1 reaction Share

PA--New Paterno statue may soon go up

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

The new Joe Paterno statue – scheduled to go up last month – will likely go up soon. It is a hurtful mistake. It won’t help Paterno. But it will help other wrongdoers, by discouraging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from reporting known or suspected crimes.

http://onwardstate.com/2014/04/23/joe-paterno-statue-planned-for-downtown/   

Read more
1 reaction Share

OH--Victims want college to oust child predator

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

For more info: Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com)

Victims write college trustees

They want controversial professor ousted

He's a twice-accused child molesting ex-cleric

Most board members have ties to Catholic college

SNAP urges them to recuse themselves on the issue

A support group for abuse victims is urging trustees of a local college urging them to fire a professor who has been defrocked recently from the priesthood. They also want trustees to recuse themselves from the matter if they are Catholics.  

Read more
1 reaction Share

CA--Victims applaud second woman who sues Cosby

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10

Statement by SNAP leader Peter Pollard of Springfield MA, 413-335-9969, springfieldSNAP@aol.com

In A Springfield MA court, a woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, this time for defamation.  We applaud Tamara Green and hope her move inspires others who were hurt by Cosby to take similar legal action to expose his heinous crimes and deter his hurtful comments.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/tamara-green-sues-bill-cosby-defamation-article-1.2040441   

Read more
1 reaction Share

MN--"Keep accused priest off the job"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

The fate of a Twin Cities priest who has been accused of sexually exploiting adult women is now in the hands of Archbishop John Nienstedt, who is also accused of adult sexual misconduct.

http://canonicalconsultation.com/1/post/2014/12/acquittal-of-reverend-mark-huberty.html

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_25677148/maplewood-priest-sex-case-involved-other-women-prosecutor      

Read more
1 reaction Share

NM--7 more Catholic clerics in NM are accused of child sex abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 9

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

Seven New Mexico clerics with a Catholic religious order called the Franciscans are accused of sexually abusing youngsters, according to the Gallup Independent newspaper and court documents.   

Read more
2 reactions Share