Media Statements

PA--SNAP backs proposed investigation of Cardinals

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 16

SNAP backs proposed investigation of Cardinals

Group especially urges Vatican action vs. Burke

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

We applaud and support Catholic Whistleblowers in their push for Vatican action against two prelates who have protected predator priests. We especially urge top Catholic officials to investigate and discipline Cardinal Raymond Burke.   

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MO--Victims respond to new KC bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 15

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

Newly named Kansas City Bishop James Johnston is no friend of kids or victims. His record on clergy sex crimes and cover ups is disappointing. Pope Francis has made another poor choice.

--Weeks ago, we urged Johnston to reach out to anyone who may have been hurt in Springfield by two predator priest, Fr. Michael Charland and Fr. Thomas Meyer, who’d recently been “outed” as predators in another state, but who had worked or spent time in the Springfield diocese.   

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MI--Judge should cancel speech

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

For more information: Claudia Vercellotti, Toledo SNAP leader (419) 345-9291cell Snaptoledo@aol.comClaudiayv@gmail.com

David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Victims ask justice to cancel speech

She’s going to college with a predatory professor

Abuse group warns “Her presence endorses recklessness”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking an Ohio Supreme Court justice to cancel her appearance at a college this week where an admitted abuser teaches.  

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Guam--Archbishop tries to discredit victim

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 14

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

A once devout Guam Catholic insider says that an archbishop urged him to try to discredit an abuse victim. The revelation echoes similar and fresh controversies in New York and Chile in which bishops also “trash” abuse victims.

http://www.junglewatch.info/2015/09/why-are-we-doing-this-what-do-we-have.html

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NY--Cardinal should denounce Syracuse bishops

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 13

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

New York Cardinal Tim Dolan should harshly, publicly and immediately denounce two Syracuse bishops for blaming victims of pedophile priests for their victimization.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/victims_partly_to_blame_in_priest_sex-abuse_cases_syracuse_bishop_testified.html

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NY--"Denounce Syracuse bishop," group says

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 13

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Two Syracuse bishops have blamed victims of predator priests for their victimization. 

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/victims_partly_to_blame_in_priest_sex-abuse_cases_syracuse_bishop_testified.html

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NE--Victims seek “real reform” from diocese

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 10

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

For more than a dozen years, Lincoln Catholic officials have violated the weak, vague and ineffective US church abuse policy. So it’s hard to get excited that Bishop James Conley is belatedly complying with one part of that policy.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/for-lincoln-diocese-audit-adds-to-its-effective-child-protection-plan-70955/

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TX--Victims blast “rehab” of controversial preacher

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 11

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

It’s heartbreaking to see that a minister facing credible allegations of ignoring or concealing suspected child sex crimes is being given a place of prominence in a church conference.

After several years of adopting a lower public profile, Rev. C.J. Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Ky will speak at the biennial Together for the Gospel conference next spring in Louisville, Ky.

https://baptistnews.com/ministry/people/item/30461-controversial-preacher-returning-to-t4g-stage

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NJ--Victims applaud statewide walk for justice

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 10

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

Tomorrow, a brave clergy sex abuse victim will lead a walk across the entire state of New Jersey to highlight the state’s archaic, predator-friendly statutes of limitations.

Http://www.walktoendsolnj.weebly.com

Http://www.abolishsol.weebly.com

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/01_02/2014_02_14_Garber_MotiveFor.htm

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MS--Jones County priest arrested

For Immediate release Thursday, September 10

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We are grateful for many things in the Jones County case involving a priest and a young boy.

We are grateful that the father of the young boy had the wisdom to call the police rather than contact church officials.

We are grateful that police immediately responded and arrested Father Jose Vazquez.

We are grateful that civil authorities will investigate further and attempt to bring other charges.

http://wjtv.com/2015/09/10/priest-confesses-to-sexually-abusing-12-year-old-in-jones-county/      

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MN--Victims: Don't donate to predator priest's "healing center"

For immediate release: Thursday, Sep. 10

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

We urge Catholics and citizens to donate to non-profits with proven records in preventing abuse and healing victims, not to the facility a convicted Minnesota predator priest and others are trying to set up.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/convicted-priest-wants-to-buy-st-paul-chancery     

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CA--FACT SHEET on clerics who were exposed elsewhere as abusers but worked in the Sacramento Diocese

In about 20 minutes, using one website (BishopAccountability.org), we found ten proven, admitted or credibly accused predator priests who were “outed” elsewhere but worked in the Sacramento area. On 9/8/15, SNAP disclosed their names:

--Fr. Robert "Bob" Marsicek

According to his personnel files, his superiors repeatedly told him to stop hugging and touching children. In May 2012, Sacramento police launched an investigation of Marsicek after a woman reported that the priest had molested her two sons in the late 1980s and early 1990s while he was their parish pastor.

Fr. Marsicek’s direct supervisor is Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, who knew of the Sacramento investigation but kept Fr. Marsicek in ministry in Milwaukee. Almost a year later, Fr. Marsicek was put on leave after a parish school teacher reported that she observed him on several occasions inappropriately touching a little girl.

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