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NJ- Notorious predator priest defrocked; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 18, 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)

Fr. Michael Fugee of the Newark Archdiocese has been defrocked by the Vatican. He's the first predator priest whose defrocking was insisted on by a prosecutor. And Archbishop John Myers' recklessness, and callousness in this case is among the most egregious misconduct by a Catholic official that we've seen in the past decade.

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UK- Catholic friar admits downloading child pornography, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 17, 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 Catholic friar from Camden has pleaded guilty to possession of thousands of extremely graphic child pornography images. We are glad that that he is facing justice, but concerned about potential victims. 

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MN- Predator priest from Winona rises through clerical ranks

For immediate release: Monday, March 17, 2014

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

Priest with child sex abuse allegations is promoted 

He is accused of molesting at least four boys & was sued 

But he went overseas and is second-in-command of a diocese

And at least one child sex lawsuit against him has been settled

Argentine native also was ordained in and worked in Winona MN

A Catholic priest who worked in Winona and allegedly molested several boys is now second-in-command at a diocese in Paraguay. And a victims' group wants Minnesota bishops to reach out to others he has hurt and urge the Pope to intervene and defrock him.

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NJ- Catholic officials want to bury predators quietly; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 17, 2014

Statement by New Jersey SNAP leader Mark Crawford (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

Once again, for clearly selfish reasons, Newark Catholic officials are taking secretive steps to reduce public attention on predator priests. Shame on them.

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NY- Clergy sex abuse victims beg synod to defrock archbishop

For immediate release:  Monday, March 17, 2014

For more information: 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)

Clergy sex abuse victims beg synod to defrock archbishop

He was Orthodox Church’s highest ranking cleric in Canada 

But he was just found guilty of sexually assaulting a young boy 

SNAP to church officials: “You're breaking your own abuse policy

Members of an abuse survivors' group are urging Orthodox Church officials to defrock Canada's highest ranking archbishop who has been found guilty of molesting a child.

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Rome- Victims upset about papal sainthood

For immediate release: Monday, March 17

For more information: Barbara Blaine, SNAP Founder and President +1 (312)399-4747,  SNAPblaine@gmail.com and David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director +1 (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims upset about papal sainthood

Several travel to Rome soon to hold vigil

Group: Honoring John Paul II "rubs salt into deep wounds"

"It also will likely encourage more church cover ups," they say

SNAP "Church must denounce, not praise, those who hurt kids”

An international support group for clergy sex abuse victims plans to hold a vigil on the eve of the canonization of Pope John Paul II.  

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MO- Two new abuse allegations at KC Catholic schools

For immediate release: Saturday, March 15, 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 child sex crimes and secrecy in Bishop Robert Finn's Catholic diocese of Kansas City continue as two school teachers have been recently accused of allegedly molesting students. One of them was apparently quietly removed and the teacher who replaced him is now charged with child sex crimes. 

http://www.kctv5.com/story/24967392/teacher-questioned-for-allegedly-grabbing-students-breast  

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Rome- Survey says Pope should do more to protect kids, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 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)

Only a quarter of respondents in a new poll say Pope Francis' is doing enough about the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse crisis. http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2014/03/pope-francis-image/

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CT- Controversial ex-CT bishop's appearance is cancelled

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 2014

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com) 

After criticism from outraged victims and concerned Catholics, Cardinal Edward Egan - who headed the Bridgeport diocese for years- will NOT appear at an upcoming event at Manhattan's St. Ignatius parish.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_retired_cardinal_to_preside_at_special_mass_snap_responds

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_two_more_groups_want_cardinal_uninvited  

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NY- Controversial Cardinal's appearance is cancelled; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 2014

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

After criticism from outraged victims and concerned Catholics, Cardinal Edward Egan will NOT appear at an upcoming event at Manhattan's St. Ignatius parish.

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PA- Priest with abuse allegations promoted, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 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 Catholic priest who has been accused of molesting boys in Pennsylvania has been promoted to two higher positions with the church in Paraguay. We are extremely disturbed by this. 

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MO- Will KC Catholic diocese declare bankruptcy? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 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) 

Some KC Catholics fear Bishop Robert Finn will soon seek bankruptcy protection for the diocese. We think he will and we predicted it a year ago: 

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