Media Statements

LA--Victims hope predator’s death will bring healing

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12

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)

We hope the death of Mack Ford will bring some measure of closure and healing to the girls’ whose lives he devastated. Though he goes to his grave having faced no consequences for his child sex crimes, Ford’s victim can take a little comfort from knowing that he can’t assault any more children.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/02/mack_w_ford_founder_of_new_bet.html#incart_m-rpt-2  

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PA--Victims to Penn State officials "Now, turn the page"

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12

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)

Now that Penn State will again get bowl revenue in the future, we really hope Paterno backers will move on and stop whining about his alleged mistreatment.

http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2015/02/penn_state_big_ten_announce_un.html   

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Canada--Clergy sex abuse victims again beg synod to defrock archbishop

For immediate release:  Thursday, February 12, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006 cell, cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Clergy sex abuse victims again beg synod to defrock archbishop

He was the Orthodox Church in America’s highest ranking cleric in Canada 

But, his appeal denied, he is now in jail for sexually assaulting a young boy 

SNAP to church officials: “No more excuses, follow your abuse policy”

Members of an abuse survivors' group are again urging Orthodox Church in America (OCA) officials to defrock a high ranking clergyman who was found guilty of molesting a child.   

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Rome--Cardinals should question O’Malley’s abuse record

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 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)

Thursday, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks to prelates from across the globe about abuse. We hope that at least a few of those church officials will question O’Malley about his own track record on this crisis.

Several years ago, US Catholic officials found that in O’Malley’s archdiocese 64 out of 295 parishes refuse to teach abuse prevention to kids. O'Malley has had six years to comply with this church mandate. But he didn’t.

So the Pope’s abuse point man has been deemed in violation of the US bishops’ vague and weak national abuse policy.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_statements/2008_statements/030608_boston_rockville_center_noncompliance.htm   

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Rome--Pope preaches “transparency” but practices “secrecy”

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 12

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

A few days ago, Francis was urged to be transparent about sexual abuse. Instead, today Francis talks about bureaucratic transparency.

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/02/12/pope-francis-calls-absolute-transparency-pushes-vatican-overhaul/  

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WV--Victims want more outreach in WV Presbyterian child sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 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)

We’re sad that a youth minister has apparently molested another child. Now that victims are cooperating and law enforcement is taking action, it’s crucial that West Virginia Presbyterian officials work harder to find other who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Timothy Probert.

http://www.bdtonline.com/news/local_news/former-church-youth-pastor-indicted-on-charges-as-more-victims/article_c6b8e6f0-b21f-11e4-b41d-e75f71da8afe.html   

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PA--Victims oppose Congressional Penn State hearings

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

We firmly oppose the notion of Congressional hearings into how the NCAAA dealt with Penn State over the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky scandal. This request, by Pennsylvania politician Jake Corman, seems like more posturing for Penn State fans who refuse to accept the reality that a fine football coach did not call police about child sex abuse suspicions.

http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/latest-news/id=1202717631149/Corman-Releases-Discovery-Docs-in-NCAA-Suit?mcode=1395262324557&curindex=0  

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MN--Victims want more "aggressiveness, creativity" by prosecutor

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

When it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups, John Choi has been no ‘profile in courage.’ So we’re saddened but not surprised by news that he won’t prosecute two predator priests.

http://www.startribune.com/local/east/291558921.html   

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AZ--Newly-disclosed predator priest is now in Arizona

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 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)

A just “outed” predator priest who reportedly molested at least one child in Minnesota is now living in Phoenix, according to Catholic officials.

http://safe-environment.archspm.org/accountability/clergy-disclosures/james-robert-murphy/   

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Rome--Pope spends WAY more time on bureaucracy than safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

This week, “hundreds of the church prelates gather in Rome to discuss reform of the church's central bureaucracy,” according to the National Catholic Reporter.

Last week, 17 people, mostly volunteers, gathered in Rome to discuss reform of the church's abuse procedures.

Interesting disparity.  

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GA -- SNAP exposes 6 GA predator priests & backs SOL reform

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 10

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 just less than an hour, using simple “Google” searches, we’ve found six predator priests who’ve been in Atlanta but have never been exposed here as credibly accused child molesters. We suspect there are many more of them still “beneath the radar.” We also suspect that some of them have hurt kids here in Georgia and one or more of them may still be here, posing current threats to unsuspecting families, neighbors and co-workers.

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Victims urge Congress to act before papal visit

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

In September, Pope Francis will address the US Congress, a body that has refused, over decades, to take a single action to investigate or expose clergy sex abuse and cover up by Catholic priests, bishops, nuns, seminarians and brothers.

Abroad, a number of national or regional governments have conducted investigations and issued reports about this continuing crisis, including Ireland, Australia, Canada and Belgium.

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