MN - Predator priest’s emails raise Qs re church abuse board

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

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)

It’s sickening to read multiple seductive and manipulative emails from a then 44-year-old priest to a then 15-year-old girl.

http://www.startribune.com/local/228208861.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

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PA- Abuse victim found dead

For immediate release Thursday, October 17, 2013

Statement by Karen Polesir of Philadelphia SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (267-992-9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

Our hearts ache for this family.

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MA - Catholic university coach accused of hitting students; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

A coach should never hit a player. Period. So we’re outraged by allegations that Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons physically abused players.

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AR - Letter to Bishop Taylor

October 16, 2013

Dear Bishop Taylor:

Last month, Kathy Griffin was convicted and sentenced for refusing to promptly call authorities when she knew of or suspected child sex crimes at a Catholic school in your diocese.

And this Saturday, her backers – many of them Catholic - will hold a fundraising event for her.

We are worried about the child who was hurt longer because Griffin broke the law and stayed silence. We are also worried about other child sex abuse victims who will be discouraged and depressed – when they see adults publicly rallying around and raising money for a convicted criminal. And we are worried that ignoring this callous injustice will encourage others in the future to publicly back those who commit and conceal child sex crimes. 

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AR - Two groups seek bishop’s help

For immediate release:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013

For more information: Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Two groups seek bishop’s help

A fundraiser is set for convicted teacher

She refused to report suspected child sex crimes

Organizations want prelate to denounce the event

Advocates: “Public displays of support for proven molesters is wrong”

It deters other victims of other child sex crimes from speaking up, groups say

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MN - Another Twin Cities priest tries to handle abuse “in house”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Statement by Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata, Minnesota SNAP director (952 471 3422, skibrs@q.com)

A police report reveals that yet another Twin Cities priest who suspected child sex abuse refused to call the police and tried to handle it quietly and “in-house.”

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_24317798/files-detail-chisago-county-investigation-st-thomas-priest

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CHL - Archbishop refuses to answer questions: Survivors respond

For immediate release: Tuesday October 15, 2013

Statement by Juan Carlos Cruz (+1 312 420 4301, jccruz1@aol.com)

The obvious question here is: what is Archbishop Ezzati hiding?

More than one priest is accused of committing abuses on the children at Catholic homes. Regardless of who is accused the Archbishop should honor his duties as a citizen and be questioned by secular officials.

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MN - Catholic panels re-victimizes girl; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

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)

Shame on Archbishop John Nienstedt and his nameless, hand-picked Review Board who refused to oust an accused child molesting priest “given his effectiveness in many areas of his work.”

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/14/catholic-church/woman-files-abuse-lawsuit-against-michael-keating-a-priest-and-st-thomas-

So if an accused predator priest is just average, Nienstedt’s panel might recommend suspending him.

But if he’s “effective,” they won’t?

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MN - Many clergy sex victims are female, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

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)

All too often, the abuse of girls by clerics is overlooked or minimized. Fully half of our 12,000 members are women who were sexually violated by priests, nuns, bishops, brothers, seminarians and other Catholic employees.

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VT - Diocese was warned about predator priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

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)

Thanks to a brave abuse victim and a Vermont judge, 88 pages of long-secret Catholic church records about a predator priest have been released. The documents show why Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard and his lawyers fought so hard to keep Fr. Gary Mercure’s files secret. Those files show that Mercure “was returned to ministry — with no restrictions regarding his contact with children — even after the diocese [knew] he had a sexual affair with a young man in the early 1990s.”

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MN - New assistant MN bishop isn’t reform, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

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)

The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese is getting a new assistant bishop, Fr. Andrew H. Cozzens. This isn’t reform.

Catholic bishops and church lawyers are causing this scandal. So this week, the archdiocese is getting an extra bishop and more church lawyers. (The head of the new abuse ‘task force’ is a lawyer, as are several members of the panel. The person Archbishop John Nienstedt picked to pick the ‘task force,’ Fr. Reginald Whitt, is also a lawyer.)

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MN - Child molesting cleric gets monthly bonus

For immediate release: Friday, October 11, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy, Executive Director, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 7234 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63143 (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A priest who was found guilty of child sex abuse by a jury is still a priest, is unsupervised, lives in a $500,000 lakeside home and gets extra payments above his retirement.

Minnesota Public Radio disclosed that Fr. Robert Kapoun, who was found guilty of abuse in 1996, also spends half of each year living in Florida.

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