CA - Los Angeles archbishop seeks national post

For immediate release: Monday, October 21, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is running for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. We hope he fails.

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TN - Female Christian teacher accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, Iowa director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 231 1663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com)

A female Christian teacher is accused of abusing boys. As a child, I too was abused by a trusted older woman who was a nun.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/beth-scearce-teacher-sex_n_4135422.html?ref=topbar

I’m sad to read about the pain these boys have endured and are enduring. But I’m grateful they’re helping police and prosecutors. Kids are safe when law enforcement pursues, charges and convicted child molesters – of either gender.

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KY - Victims oppose Louisville Catholic archbishop's bid

For immediate release: Monday, October 21, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is running for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. We hope he fails.

http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/nominees-announced-usccb

Kurtz refuses to join the ranks of 30 US bishops who have posted on their websites the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics – a simple, inexpensive, proven public safety measure. In addition:

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IL - Five men sue Chicago evangelist for child sex abuse

For immediate release: Monday October 21, 2013

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 highly visible “urban evangelist” is accused of molesting five boys.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/10/21/62175.htm

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MO - Top aide to Bishop Finn moves; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 21, 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)

Msgr. Brad Offutt is no longer the vicar general of the Kansas City Catholic diocese, the only diocese in the world headed by a bishop who was convicted of endangering kids by hiding evidence. We are glad Offutt is no longer in the diocesan headquarters but don’t believe it will improve the reckless, secretive and deceitful way Bishop Robert Finn and his top aides continue to deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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MN - Catholic college may have ignored recommended restrictions

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

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

At first, there were no signs of Fr. Keating committing misconduct with adults.

Now, there are several.

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TN - “No whistleblowing” says prominent Baptist preacher; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013        

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 prominent Baptist official is telling church members “don’t take matters to the press.”

http://www.abpnews.com/faith/theology/item/8941-patterson-don-t-take-church-matters-to-press#.UmFrq1CUSn_

We hope every Baptist rejects this self-serving, unhealthy and often dangerous advice, especially when it comes to sexual and financial crimes, whether known or suspected.

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MN - Catholic officials hid more disturbing evidence; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013       

Statement by Bob Schwiderski of St. Wayzata, Minnesota Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952 471 3422, skibrs@q.com)

Weeks ago we learned that several top Twin Cities Catholic officials concealed for years the “borderline illegal” pornography on Fr. Jon Shelley.

Today, we learn that they also concealed for years “inappropriate (email) correspondence with a minor” sent by Fr. Shelley.

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AR - Group cancels fundraiser for criminal

Group cancels controversial fundraiser

Victims & advocates called event “callous

It was intended to help a convicted teacher

She refused to report suspected child sex crimes

Organizations wanted bishop 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

For immediate release:  Friday, October 18, 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)

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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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