Media Statements

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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MO--Victims blast KC archbishop over new disclosure

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 29

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

“Credible allegations” of child sex abuse have surfaced against a deceased Kansas City area priest.

http://issuu.com/theleaven/docs/leaven_09-11-15

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Contradicting Pope Francis, archbishop fights for secrecy

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

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

Less than 48 hours after Pope Francis said “those who have covered up (abuse) are guilty,” the Philadelphia Inquirer has disclosed that Archbishop Charles Chaput is quietly working to keep secrets about a pedophile priest.

Francis made strong promises, including that “abuse cannot be kept secret any longer” and “all responsible will be held accountable."

Chaput apparently disagrees.

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Pope Francis admits cover up; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 28

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

After 30 years of public scandal in the US over predator priests and complicit bishops, finally a Catholic official is admitting that “princes of the church” covered up heinous crimes. But he fell short of admitting something even worse: that these cover ups continue even now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/world/europe/pope-francis-sexual-abuse.html?_r=1   

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Did Pope Francis ever take a single step to protect a child?

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 27

Statement by Becky Ianni of Virginia, SNAP Virginia State leader (703-801-6044 cell, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

The AP reports that including incest victims in the papal meeting today is an effort to “redirect the discussion.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/09/27/as-many-as-a-million-expected-for-popes-last-mass-in-us

We hope that’s not true. If true, that’s incredibly cynical. It’s pathetic when wrongdoers claim “someone else is even worse.” It was hurtful to victims and Catholics alike when Francis said this in 2010.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2013_04_Pope_Francis_In_My_Diocese.htm

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Another “feel good, do nothing” papal meeting with survivors

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 27

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

Is a child anywhere on earth safer now that a pope, for maybe the seventh or eighth time or ninth time, has briefly chatted with abuse victims? No.

A smart public relations move. That’s what this meeting is.  Nothing more.

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PA--A third disgraced prelate spends time with Francis

For immediate release: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Today, Pope Francis con-celebrated mass with the disgraced former head of the Philadelphia archdiocese, Cardinal Justin Rigali. The other day, Francis brought with him to the White House the disgraced former head of the Los Angeles archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/22/controversial-la-cardinal-to-travel-with-pope-francis-for-dc-trip/

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PA--Allentown Catholic officials beat abuse victim in court

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 25

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

Allentown Catholic officials won a court ruling today in a child predator case.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/police/mc-allentown-diocese-korean-student-sexual-abused-pius-20150925-story.html

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