Media Statements

MN--Victims blast predator priest’s “healing center”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 8

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 alarmed that a convicted Minnesota predator priest is trying to raise money and start a “healing center.”

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

Read more
1 reaction Share

NJ--Victims urge church officials to restore memorial

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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)

Why must already-wounded and betrayed abuse survivors be forced to pay for a memorial at a Catholic church? Why can’t New Jersey church officials pony up this time?

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news/mendham-memorial-to-clergy-abuse-victims-damaged-again/article_2dfd370c-3972-500d-a764-4030ee62aaeb.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

TN--Victims urge “outreach” in church abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 4

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)

We applaud law enforcement personnel for catching an abusive minister who fled overseas and hope the alleged criminal’s church colleagues will aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/29957115/former-youth-pastor-charged-with-rape-extradited-to-shelby-county

Read more
1 reaction Share

IL-- Victims urge parishioners to show compassion

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 4

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)

Every time parishioners rally around a credibly accused child molesting cleric, it’s sad, tiresome and hurtful, to vulnerable kids, wounded and ultimately to the parish itself.

That’s what’s happening now in Peoria with Fr. Terry Cassidy, who was suspended last month by Bishop Daniel Jenky because of an abuse report.

http://www.chillicothetimesbulletin.com/article/20150902/NEWS/150909786

Read more
1 reaction Share

NY--Victims blast Orthodox man who assaulted whistleblower

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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)

A Brooklyn abuse advocate is suing a man who allegedly threw bleach on him.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/activist-outed-pedophiles-suing-bleach-attack-article-1.2347581

Read more
2 reactions Share

Malta--Bishops pledge to post predators’ names

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3

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)

We are grateful, and kids are safer, any time a predator’s name is posted on line or appears in print. So we’re glad that Malta Catholic officials will reportedly put child molesting clerics’ names on church websites.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150903/local/names-of-defrocked-priests-to-start-being-published-on-church-websites.583044

Read more
1 reaction Share

MO-- Diocese pays settlement re Naples predator priest

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Diocese pays abuse settlement

Cleric is long time Naples resident

Victim is veteran head of support group

Pedophile priest worked in nine Missouri towns

Man worries that predator “may still be hurting kids now”

Read more
2 reactions Share

MI--Orthodox bishop ousted for alleged sexual misconduct

For immediate release, Thursday, September 3, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A Michigan Orthodox bishop has been put on leave and forbidden to work as a priest while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated. A victims’ group applauds the disclosure but wants church officials to do more.

On September 1st, Dearborn Heights Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (517-522-4800nathaniel@roea.org) publicly disclosed on his website that his auxiliary bishop, Irineu Duvlea (517-456-4474monastery@holy-ascension.org), was being investigated by the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

Read more
2 reactions Share

IL--Victims write Peoria bishop about accused priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Jeff Jones, Peoria SNAP leader (jjones10072gmail.com, 815 985 9441)

Victims challenge bishop about alleged predator priest

He’s a “credibly accused child molester,” church admits

But group worries that his whereabouts now are secret

“We fear he has hurt others or is hurting others,” SNAP says

Cleric reportedly also led weekend retreats for Catholic teenagers

Read more
1 reaction Share

Poland--Victims urge papal outreach to archbishop Wesolowski's victims; Polish bishops should do this, too!

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the sake of healing, we call on Pope Francis to aggressively do outreach in each of the ten nations where Archbishop Josef Wesolowski spent time as a cleric. The pontiff should publicly beg anyone who was hurt by Wesolowski to come forward and get help.

(The nations are: Poland, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico.)

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bweso.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

Vatican--Victims urge papal outreach to archbishop Wesolowski's victims

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

For the sake of healing, we call on Pope Francis to aggressively do outreach in each of the ten nations where archbishop Josef Wesolowski spent time as a cleric. The pontiff should publicly beg anyone who was hurt by Wesolowski to come forward and get help.

(The nations are: Poland, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico.)

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bweso.html

Read more
1 reaction Share

Vatican--Victims urge other Wesolowski victims to “come forward”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 28

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)

Kids are safer now that Wesolowski has passed. But sadly, now no one will ever know how many Catholic officials concealed his crimes for how many months or years.

Had Vatican officials turned over Wesolowski to secular authorities, as they should have, he might have already been tried, convicted and imprisoned. And more truth about wrongdoers in his case might have surfaced.  

Read more
2 reactions Share