Rome- Pope's “pain” for “falsely accused” priests is scrubbed? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 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)

In a little-noticed talk with some Italian priests yesterday, Pope Francis offered tender words for clerics he calls “falsely accused” of abuse (according to Gazzetta del Sud). But those sympathetic words are apparently left out (and replaced by ellipses) in the official version of his talk in four summaries or official versions of the speech that are accessible from the Vatican's website.  (See below.)

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Rome- Pope “shares the pain” of wrongly accused priests; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 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 newspaper in southern Italy reports that Pope Francis told a group of priests he considers “falsely accused” that he “shares their pain.”

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Canada- Victims blast Ottawa bishop over abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, March 6, 2014

For more info: 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 blast Ottawa bishop

He professes "neutrality" in clergy sex case

But group says that "helps criminals & hurts kids"

They want diocese-wide ban on backing predators

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting an Ottawa bishop for claiming to be neutral in a dispute over a fundraising event for a convicted archbishop.

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MN- Court says church depositions must happen, victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

A Minnesota appeals court has ruled against Twin Cities Catholic officials who want to further delay the deposition of top church staffers in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case. We are grateful this brave victim has moved a step closer to learning the truth about how Archbishop John Nienstedt and Fr. Kevin McDonough may have ignored or concealed heinous child sex crimes.

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Rome- Pope “offended” by the wrong problem in the church; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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 said he is “offended.” Apparently, he's not really offended by Catholic officials who transfer predators and keep secrets and endanger kids. He's offended by the “hype” around his papacy. 

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TX- New prosecutor elected; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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)

We are thrilled that Rene Guerra – who has refused to aggressively pursue a murder case involving a priest -- has been defeated. We hope the newly elected prosecutor will honor his pledge to re-open the troubling Irene Garza case.

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Rome- Pope of “change” now backs status quo; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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

We agree with Pope Francis that "The statistics of the phenomenon of violence against children are staggering.” 

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Rome- Pope shows “archaic, defensive” mindset; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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)

We are deeply disheartened by Pope Francis' remarks on the church's horrific, on-going sexual abuse scandal. His comments reflect an archaic, defensive mindset that will not make kids safer. 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/05/pope-defends-church-efforts-against-abuse  

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National- Victims on general's sex trial: Stop calling it “an affair”

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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)

In the court-martial of Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, accused of sexual assault for allegedly twice forcing oral sex on a soldier, the words “affair” and “mistress” should never appear. Those are inaccurate terms. 

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OR- New Portland Catholic bishop appointed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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)

Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith is the new auxiliary of the Portland Catholic archdiocese. We are disappointed by this choice.

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MT- Church officials should act now, not wait for settlements

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 04, 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) 

As part of a yet-to-be-finalized settlement with clergy sex abuse victims, Helena Catholic officials say they'll release the names of credibly accused child molesting clerics. They should have done this years ago and we urge them to do this now. There's no reason they cannot or should not.

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NY- Men to rank NY private schools on safety; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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) 

We applaud these compassionate men of the Horace Mann Action Coalition who are devising a system of rating New York private schools on how they handle child sex crimes.

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