Media Statements

GA- Victims blast Atlanta Catholic officials for spending

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)

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is spending millions on renovating clergy housing. We believe this excessive spending could have been used for better purposes. 

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IN- Child abusing pastor wants a reduced sentence, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 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 former Hammond Baptist pastor wants his child sex abuse sentence tossed out on legal technicalities. We hope the judge sees through this farce and upholds his sentence. 

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NY- Charges dropped in clergy sex case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 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)

Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of violating a clergy sex abuse victim's privacy. We hope that police and prosecutors will now work even harder to nail the correct offender.

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CA- Youth pastor pleads not guilty to child porn, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 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)

An Oakdale youth pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges of downloading child pornography. We hope that justice will be served in this case. 

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UK- New Catholic archbishop of Liverpool is named, victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 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 somewhat optimistic that Bishop Malcolm McMahon will be a positive force of change for the Catholic Church. 

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PA- Victims blast Catholic healing mass

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 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) 

Philly archdiocesan officials have scheduled a “healing mass” for tomorrow at Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. 

At worst, this is a cynical public relations move. At best, it misses the mark.

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MO- New “religious liberty” group forms; SNAP is skeptical

For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 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 highly skeptical of this group and its goals. Over the past 25 years, we've seen laws and rules that were ostensibly adopted to “protect religious liberty” have been abused to protect clergy who commit and conceal heinous crimes against kids.

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DC- Victims blast Army general's fine

For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 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)

The system did NOT work. Gen. Sinclair deserved jail time. Since when does paying money get a predator “off the hook” for sex crimes?

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MN- Lutheran minister admits molesting girls in WI & MN

For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Lutheran minister arrested for child pornography

He admits molesting several young girls in WI & MN

A Lutheran minister has admitted – apparently for the first time, that he sexually abused children in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Yesterday, he was charged in Missouri with possession of child pornography.

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OH- Catholic teachers face tough new restrictions, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 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)

Cincinnati archdiocesan officials are ramping up the restriction on what Catholic teachers may say and do.

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PA- Marianist brother accused of abuse in Australia spent time in Pittsburgh

For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Statement 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 US Marianist brother is set to stand trial in Australia for abusing boys and girls in the 1970s and 80s. We are glad he is facing justice in Australia, but believe it is likely he abused kids in the US too. 

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KY/IL- Victims want 2 bishops' help with disgraced speakers

For immediate release: Thursday, March 20, 2014

For more info David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com 

Victims blast controversial speakers

SNAP objects to three prelates being honored

Each one, group says, concealed clergy sex crimes

In one case, three Catholic organizations also objected

And in that case, retired NYC Cardinal won't attend event

Two top church officials should discourage such invitations, SNAP says

Three times last week, a victims' group raised concerns about Catholic prelates who allegedly concealed child sex crimes speaking at church events, and one of those appearances was cancelled. Now the group is asking the head of the US bishops' conference to urge his colleagues to avoid similar controversies.

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