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MO--Nuns rally around convicted KC bishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 26

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 group of Missouri nuns is praising a convicted bishop. Unwittingly, they're making the church less safe and healthy, by contributing to a climate in which victims are reluctant to report child sex crimes.   

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OR--Victims blast archbishop & Central Catholic over abuse allegations

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 25

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 once-fired, twice-charged alleged child molester now gets to keep working for at least six more months around kids at a school, thanks to Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample.

And the principal who knew of the alleged molester’s past but warned no one about him gets to keep his job and suffer no consequences, thanks to Archbishop Sample.   

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Dominica--Victims blast Dominica bishop

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 24

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)

Dominica’s Catholic bishop must do more about a now-defrocked predator priest.

We’re glad that Fr. Reginald LaFleur has been defrocked. That, however, doesn’t “cure” him. He remains a risk to kids. And Bishop Gabriel Malzaire knows this.   

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Rome--Pope should demote or at least suspend his prosecutorial pick

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 24

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)

Yesterday, we called on Pope Francis to rescind his promotion of the new church child sex abuse “prosecutor.” We hope the pontiff will do this.

But if not, we hope Francis or the head of the Jesuit order will at least suspend Fr. Robert Geisinger and hire independent experts to investigate how many other alleged child sex crimes Geisinger may have hidden or may still be hiding. We strongly suspect that there are many more “skeletons” in Geisinger’s closet.   

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Rome--Chicago priest promoted by Francis hid child sex crimes

For immediate release: Sunday, Nov. 23, 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Chicago priest who was just promoted by the Pope concealed clergy sex crimes, according to today’s Boston Globe. We urge Francis to rescind this promotion.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/11/22/vatican-new-top-prosecutor-abusive-priests-implicated-past-failure-stop-notorious-abuser-donald-mcguire/gPaBPJUdvuTy5PSTl1j5sM/story.html  

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RI--RI predator priest is indicted

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 21

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 Rhode Island Catholic priest – Fr. Barry Meehan – now faces criminal child sex abuse charges. We call on Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin to personally visit every parish where the alleged predator worked, begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call law enforcement.

http://www.turnto10.com/story/27450606/ri-priest-charged-with-sexual-assault   

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TN--University invites Cosby to speak

For immediate release Wednesday, November 19

Statement by David Brown, Memphis SNAP leader, David@DavidBrownpi.com  901-569-4500

Bill Cosby is set to perform at a college dinner in Tennessee. We urge Freed-Hardeman

University officials to rescind his invitation.

The Dec. 5 dinner at Freed-Hardmann University near Jackson is for a worthy cause. But that doesn't obscure the fact that it also honors a credibly accused sex offender.

Cosby's never been criminally charged, as best we can tell, nor of course convicted. The sheer number of allegations he faces, however, and the credibility of those accusers makes most people accept the very likely reality that he did in fact sexually assault at least some - if not all - of these women. 

   

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WA--Controversy continues over two Seattle predator priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

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)

Controversy continues to swirl around decisions by Seattle Catholic officials that victims and concerned parishioners consider deceitful, hurtful and reckless.

Today, the National Catholic Reporter writes about the recent cases of Fr. Harold Quigg and the defrocked and recently deceased Fr. David Jaeger.   

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MN--Bail is $1 million for predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

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)

Bail has been set at $1 million for a twice-accused predator priest. For the safety of kids, we hope he stays behind bars until trial. And we hope others will call Roseau County law enforcement agencies now if they have any inklings or information about Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul’s crimes.   

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MN--Predator priest returned to MN

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19

Statement by Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP Director (218-340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Now that Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul is back in Minnesota to face criminal charges, much remains to be done.

Each person who has even a tiny bit of information or suspicion about him must “fish or cut bait.” They must become mature, responsible adults, get over their fears, open their mouths and contact law enforcement, so that justice can be done and so that children can be protected.   

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CA--Sex abuse victims' group to hold first support meeting in Stockton

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Sex abuse victims' group to hold first support meeting in Stockton

All adults abused in a religious setting, as child or adult, are welcome

Special outreach to 34 survivors who are part of Stockton Diocese bankruptcy

SNAP hopes meeting will “help heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable

An international self-help organization for men and women who were molested by religious figures will hold its first confidential support group meeting in Stockton on Saturday, November 22nd from 1-3 pm at the Troke Branch Library at 502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton.  Those who suffered institutional abuse and their families and supporters welcome. But the meeting is not open to the public.   

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IL- Archbishop Cupich sermon highlighting victim outreach

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Talking about abuse doesn't prevent abuse. Acknowledging the obvious isn’t progress. Neither are vague pledges. Only decisive action prevents abuse.

We'll know Archbishop Cupich is serious about safeguarding kids when he orders all pastors to list all predators in all parish bulletins and posts on his archdiocesan website the whereabouts of at least the living predator priests. And we’ll know he’s serious when he defrocks, demotes, disciplines or denounces several of the current archdiocesan staff who have hidden clergy sex crimes.

The Cardinal, His Men and the McCormack Legacy

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