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Aussie- UN panel blasts Vatican & cites Australia case

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

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

In Geneva today, the United Nations Committee Against Torture harshly criticized top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cited an Australian case in which an archbishop refused to cooperate with civil authorities about child sex crimes.

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UN Committee Addresses Clergy Rape and Sexual Violence as Torture

"Despite Objections and Early Pressure from Vatican Officials, Committee Takes on Church Policies and Practices That Enable Widespread Sexual Violence by Clergy"

May 23, 2014, New York, Geneva – Today, the United Nations Committee Against Torture found that the widespread sexual violence within the Catholic church amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited by the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

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Poland- New United Nations report cites Polish predator archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014 

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

A new United Nations committee report harshly criticizes top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cites the case of a Polish archbishop who is accused of molesting children in Poland and the Dominican Republic.

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MN- UN Committee on Torture sites Jeyapaul case

For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014

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

A new United Nations committee report harshly criticizes top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cites the case of a fugitive Minnesota priest who molested at least one girl.

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Geneva- SNAP responds to new UN report blasting Vatican

For immediate release Friday, May 23, 2014 

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of the U.K/Spain, SNAP leader (+44 7787 638245, michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com) 

For the second time this year, an international panel of experts is harshly criticizing the Catholic hierarchy for endangering children. We are grateful that more secular authorities are finally stepping up to safeguard children from powerful Catholic officials who commit and conceal devastating and widespread sexual violence against children. We hope this trend continues. 

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IL- Process to get new Chicago cardinal starts

For immediate release Thursday, May 22

Statement by  Kate Bochte, SNAP Leader, 630-768-1860 keight@sbcglobal.net

We hope that Chicago's next Catholic Archbishop will do more to prevent future clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. But we're not optimistic.

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KY- SNAP leader says Louisville minister is lying

For immediate release: Thursday, May 22

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

Louisville's Rev. C.J. Mahaney is lying. He says he “cannot” speak during a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. He knows that's simply not true. He can speak, but he's choosing not to.

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NY- Catholic abuse trainer caught with child porn; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, May 22, 2014

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

A Catholic church official, who taught abuse prevention in the New York City archdiocese, is charged with child pornography. His alleged crimes have led to the arrest of 71 individuals on child sex charges. This raises concerns about the church's abuse programs and who runs them. 

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IL- A crucial lesson in the new McCormack child sex charges

For immediate release: Thursday, May 22, 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) 

Chicago's most notorious predator priest Daniel McCormack will be in court today on new child sex charges. 

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MO- Accused child molesting minister wins delay

For immediate release: Thursday, May 22, 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)

We are very disappointed that an accused child molesting Missouri pastor has won another delay in his criminal trial and we are outraged that his flock lets him stay on the job despite multiple child sex abuse charges.

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IL- Predator priest arrested again

For immediate release Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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

We are grateful for the victim and police who are working to get Fr. Daniel McCormack locked up again. He's one of Illinois' most egregious predator priests.    

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NY- Syracuse priest arrested on child porn charges

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 21, 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)

We are grateful that Fr. Robert Ours has been arrested on child porn charges. Now, we hope his superiors in the Syracuse Catholic diocese aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Ours' crimes and urge them to contact police and prosecutors immediately. 

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