GA- Church youth director sentenced for child porn; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 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) 

Now that a Life Teen International youth director has been sentenced for child porn, the attention shifts from the offender to his employer. What, if anything, is Life Teen International doing to seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Kevin Hickey?

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Rome- Pope ousts extravagant bishop; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 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) 

The pope has ousted an extravagant German bishop. He continues to act to protect church funds but refuses to act to protect vulnerable kids. That may sound harsh but it's true. 

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NJ- Catholic bishop loses abuse ruling; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 

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) 

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit against a predator priest and his church supervisors may move ahead.

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Canada- Bishops refuse to defrock convicted molester colleague

For immediate release:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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

Victims’ group blasts Orthodox Church officials

Synod of bishops "retires" convicted archbishop

He was accused of molesting two 11 year old boys

Retiring is what happens to an older person,” victims say

SNAP: “Censuring, punishing, denouncing is what should happen to a criminal"

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MN- Predator priest faces more charges, victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 25, 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 Maplewood priest, who was charged in November with sexual misconduct, faces more charges. We are glad Father Mark Huberty is being charged with additional crimes. It’s virtually always hurtful – and often illegal – for clerics to have any sexual contact with a congregant.

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PA- Victims challenge Scranton bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 25

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims challenge Scranton bishop

They want him to disclose records

His predecessor says he warned others about predator

But support group is skeptical and wants “proof” of this

Accused priest is still on the job & has been promoted

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OH- Dayton pastor wants suspended sentence for child molester, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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)

A Dayton pastor has failed in his bid to persuade an Iowa judge to avoid jailing a child molester. We're glad the pastor lost and think he should be ashamed for his effort.

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IA- Des Moines church must do more about molester

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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're glad McKelvey is going to prison. Now the focus shifts to his church colleagues. They must take aggressive steps to find and help others who may have been hurt by this predator. And they must turn over to law enforcement the names of any current or former church staff or members who may have seen or suspected or concealed McKelvey's crimes. 

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WA- Victims group discloses predator priests

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 2014

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

Today, we are disclosing – for the first time in the Seattle area, we believe - the names of three credibly accused predator priests who worked in this archdiocese. 

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Rome- Victims blast Australian Cardinal for “blame shifting”

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 2014

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

When confronted with tough questions about why they endanger kids and protect predators, many Catholic officials often sadly follow a predictable pattern. First, they blame their underlings. And if that doesn't work, they blame their superiors. 

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NC- Church group responsible for “suspicious activity”, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 2014 

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)

An Asheville Baptist church is behind reports of “suspicious activity” directed at teenage girls. SNAP calls on church officials to use common sense and better train their volunteers on how to interact with kids.

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Vatican- Pope's abuse panel based on deception, SNAP says

For immediate release: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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)

Eight people have been appointed to a papal abuse study panel. This panel is based on a deceptive premise. It perpetuates the self-serving myth that Catholic officials need more information about abuse and cover ups. They don't. They need courage. They know what's right. They simply refuse to do what's right. The reason: because they are monarchs who can do whatever they like, and they like their power and the status quo more than anything else. 

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