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LA- New stories shed light on Lafayette pedophile priest case

For immediate release: Monday, July 14, 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)

Two new stories by Minnesota Public Radio – a ten minute piece and startling one hour documentary – shed disturbing light on the case of a Lafayette, Louisiana predator priest. Both are available now online.

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MN- Ex-Archbishop myth is exposed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, July 14, 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 new and startling one hour documentary by Minnesota Public Radio – titled “How three archbishops hid the truth about abuse” – is available now online.

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NM- Phone line for abuse victims doesn't work, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, July 14, 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)

For almost two weeks, a toll free phone line giving information to victims of clergy sex abuse in the Gallup Catholic Diocese has malfunctioned. 

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Rome- Pope estimates # of predator priests

For immediate release: Sunday, July 13, 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)

Today, Pope Francis called the on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crises a “leprosy” and said Vatican officials believe that two percent of the world's priests are pedophiles.

Once again, on abuse, Francis talks when he should act.   

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OH- Honoring clerics with funerals, ball fields & street signs

Dear Fr. Ritter,

SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) in solidarity with the NSAC (the National Survivors Advocate Coalition) and the Voice of the Faithful, urges you, in your role as “Diocesan administrator,” to take action to correct what can only be seen as a series of stunningly insensitive decisions surrounding the case of convicted murderer and accused child molester, Fr. Robinson.

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OH- At funeral, Catholic official insults jurors, judge, police & prosecutors

For immediate release: Friday, July 11, 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)

Today, Toledo's top Catholic official needlessly and callously raised doubts about whether police, prosecutors, jurors and a judge wrongfully convicted a priest of murdering a nun.

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CA- Pastor deemed guilty of abuse by jury gets a new post, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, July 11, 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 California priest, found guilty of child sexual abuse by a jury, is being promoted. We are deeply concerned about this move and urge Catholic officials to reconsider. 

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OH- Rescind honors for 2 Toledo priests, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, July 11, 2014

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti 419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com

We want to express our sympathy first for those hurt by Fr. Gerald Robinson, especially Sr. Pahl's family. They deserve respect. They should not have had to experience the pain they felt this past week.

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Canada- Victims win landmark lawsuit

For immediate release: Thursday, July 10, 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 group of victims who suffered abuse at a Catholic school in Quebec have won their unprecedented lawsuit. We are grateful to the brave victims who came forward and demanded truth and justice.

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OH- Nephew of murdered nun speaks about priest's funeral

For immediate release: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Statement Lee Pahl, nephew of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, who was murdered by Fr. Gerald Robinson

I don't understand why the Catholic Church covered up Sister Margaret Ann's murder in 1980. I don't understand why the Catholic Church has covered up thousands of sexual abuse cases by priests and others. I don't understand why the Catholic Church would not defrock a priest convicted of murder or why they would give him an honorary funeral.

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KY- Church should be "shunned," victims say

For immediate release: Thursday, July 10, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com) 

A Kentucky pastor, who is also a registered violent sex offender, has been arrested again, this time for recent child sex crimes. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and we demand answers about how a registered sex offender was allowed to work as a pastor.

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OH- On Friday, murderer/priest to get “full honors” funeral

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 9, 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)

Toledo Catholic officials are not relenting. They have announced that on Friday they will give a funeral with “fully priestly honors” to a murderer, even as a third national organization has criticized them for the move.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2014/07/09/Funeral-arrangements-announced-for-Robinson.html

We are grateful there's still time for church employees and members to object to this stunningly heartless act. We hope they will.  

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