Media Statements

MO- 2 KC Catholic teachers fired in “odd” case

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 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)

No one should be satisfied with the firing of two credibly accused child molesting KC Catholic school teachers. This is a disturbing case of continued irresponsible behavior by church officials with many unanswered questions.

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PA- Catholic bishop dodges victims group's requests

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 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)

Scranton's Catholic bishop has responded to our recent letter by ignoring three of our four concerns, but pledging to write the Pope about a predator priest. (A copy of the letter is below.)

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TN- Convicted predator priest appeals

For immediate release: Thursday, March 27

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

A convicted predator priest is revictimizing his victims and delaying justice by appealing his conviction to the TN Supreme Court.  

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OH- 25 years late, Vatican defrocks OH predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 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) 

Many Catholic officials claim Vatican officials have sped up defrocking pedophile priests. Really? Then how to explain that just today, we're told that Fr. George F. Bailey has been kicked out of the priesthood that left almost 25 years ago?

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MN- Archdiocese allowed more time to file abuse records, victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

Twin Cities archdiocese has been granted more time to produce thousands of pages of sexual abuse records. We are disappointed that the archdiocese has been allowed to delay.

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SC- BJU should investigate charges re Rev. Gothard

For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Statement by Cathy Winterfield of SNAP (704-207-1300 cathywinterfield@gmail.com)

We are child sex abuse victims who belong to an independent support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are here to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded and expose the truth.

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CA- Gov. Brown may appoint Catholic defense attorney to bench; SNAP objects

For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 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) 

General counsel Maria Rullo Schinderle is being considered for a possible judgeship in Orange County. We are disheartened by this potential appointment.

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NC- Pastor charged with sexual battery, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

A North Carolina pastor has been charged with sexual battery after harassing a woman at a hotel yesterday. 

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IL- More clergy sex cases settled vs. archdiocese; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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

Another settlement has been reached in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving the now-defrocked Fr. Daniel McCormack and the Chicago Catholic archdiocese. 

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Rome- Francis' top financial aide admits intimidating victims; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 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)

Francis' new pick to head his financial team admits he tried to discourage victims from suing church officials.

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GA- Church youth director sentenced for child porn; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 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) 

Now that a Life Teen International youth director has been sentenced for child porn, the attention shifts from the offender to his employer. What, if anything, is Life Teen International doing to seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Kevin Hickey?

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Rome- Pope ousts extravagant bishop; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 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 has ousted an extravagant German bishop. He continues to act to protect church funds but refuses to act to protect vulnerable kids. That may sound harsh but it's true. 

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