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NM--Two more NM predator priests are sued

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Two more New Mexico priests are accused of molesting kids. Will Catholic officials ever “come clean” and disclose these dangerous men? Or must they be sued over and over again while they live among unsuspecting families?

http://www.abqjournal.com/658968/news/suits-id-expriests-accused-of-abuse.html

 

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MO--Marianists settle with Chaminade sex abuse victim

For immediate release: Friday, October 9

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Another settlement of another child sex abuse and cover up case involving Chaminade is being disclosed.

It involves Br. Louis Meinhardt. His crimes were hidden by Marianist officials for decades. They only surfaced in 2011 thanks to a brave survivor (who had first reported Br. Meinhardt to church officials in 2003.). Br. Meinhardt worked at the school from 1958 to 1982 and died in 1990.   

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WI--Milwaukee Catholic lawyers and judges celebrate themselves with the Archbishop as firms reap enormous bankruptcy profits

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259; peterisely@yahoo.com

This evening at the Milwaukee Catholic cathedral and later at a downtown country club, Catholic lawyers, judges and lawmakers will be processing to the altar with Archbishop Jerome Listecki to celebrate and honor themselves at what is called an annual “Red Mass”.  Apparently in the middle ages when every judge was a Catholic, they wore red robes, hence the name.     

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Victims hope Francis doesn't win Nobel Prize

For immediate release: Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

We hope the esteemed Nobel committee does not award the Nobel Peace Prize to Pope Francis.

He’s made strides in improving church governance, morale and finances. He speaks often about the poor and seems more humble and less judgmental than his predecessor.
Still, he has done almost nothing to protect kids, expose predators, punish enablers, and deter future child sex crimes and cover ups. 
http://www.snapnetwork.org/q_a_on_pope_francis_and_the_abuse_cover_up_crisis  
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Rome--Italian priest blames kids for their own abuse

For immediate release Thursday, October 8

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)   

An Italian priest has been suspended because he admits that he can "understand" pedophilia because sometimes youngsters essentially bring abuse on themselves.

Father Gino Flaim basically says that, at least in some cases, kids "looking for" affection tempt pedophile priests and cause them to commit child sex crimes. That's preposterous and hurtful.  

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Rome--Pope blasts his flock over corrupt bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 8

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Pope Francis says that thousands of his flock are "dumb" and "led around by the nose" by "leftists" who are “orchestrating” opposition to a discredited bishop. Why? Because they choose to believe three credible child sex abuse victims and disbelieve a few Catholic officials who claim that their brother bishop isn’t corrupt bishop despite strong evidence to the contrary.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/08/world/americas/calling-protesters-in-chile-dumb-pope-francis-sets-off-uproar.html    

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PA--Altoona priest accused of abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 7

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Another Altoona priest has allegedly committed child sex crimes. He's the 28th Altoona-Johnstown diocesan cleric to be publicly accused of molesting children.

http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/somerset-county-priest-placed-on-leave-during-investigation/article_efdaaa1a-2a23-552d-be5a-4a0d614a00d8.html   

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IL--Victims blast Congressman for backing ousted priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 6

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

Shame on Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) for issuing a statement praising a just-suspended priest, Father Marco Mercado, who engaged in “an inappropriate relationship.”http://1.usa.gov/1L2lCkl     

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NJ--Third new troubling Newark priest case

For immediate release: Saturday, Oct. 3

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A priest points a gun at an eight year old. Another priest is being investigated for taking $250,000 in money and expensive gifts from elderly parishioners. A third priest admits abusing a child. Two other church officials, he says, told him to flee the US when the boy reported the crimes.

All of this happens or comes to light in just over a month. Decades of corruption is catching up to the Newark Archdiocese.

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NJ--Newark priest investigated for possible theft; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Newark priest is being investigated for allegedly taking more than $250,000 from elderly parishioners, evidence of even more corruption that’s happening on the watch of Archbishop John Myers and Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/priest_took_more_than_250k_from_grandmas_at_wealth.html

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CA--Judge rules against SF archdiocese, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, East Bay Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A federal judge has ruled that the Archdiocese of San Francisco cannot dismiss accusations that it failed to prevent students at a boys’ school from sharing inappropriate photos of a teacher. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, expressed gratitude for the judge’s ruling.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick found a triable issue existed on claims the Archdiocese contributed to civil rights violations that caused a female biology teacher at Junipero Serra High School emotional distress.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/09/29/archdiocese-cant-duck-up-skirt-suit.htm

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MN--Archbishop to hold “town hall” meeting; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP director Southern Minnesota (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

The temporary head of the Twin Cities archdiocese is holding a meeting to talk about a permanent head of the archdiocese. In our view, the top priority is finding an archbishop who hasn’t and isn’t hiding child sex crimes. That will be tough.

http://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/fall-listening-session-series-aims-to-shape-archdioceses-future/

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