Media Statements

MD--Victims applaud police & prosecutors in girls’ murder

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 15

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

We’re impressed by and grateful to Maryland police and prosecutors who are pursuing a very old murder case involving Sheila and Katharine Lyon who were abducted in 1975. We’re especially encouraged by the pledge Maryland authorities to go after those who helped conceal these horrific crimes. (All too often, those who commit crimes against kids are prosecuted but those who conceal those crimes are not.)

Law enforcement should never let those who hurt kids rest. Those who commit or conceal crimes against kids should never be allowed to exploit technicalities like the statute of limitations.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b4f144a821f14557a19e91eb01650483/police-development-1975-case-missing-maryland-sisters

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PA--Convicted "enabler" church official moved to new prison

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 14

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’re glad that a convicted complicit Catholic official has been moved to a prison and won’t be visited by Pope Francis in September. We’re grateful for this news. And we’re grateful that Msgr. William Lynn is still behind bars because we believe this might help deter cover ups by other church officials.

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/07/14/monsignor-lynn-moved-from-prison-on-popes-u-s-itinerary/#.VaU8BhLu2u0.twitter

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IL--New interview: Hastert’s victim had troubled parents

Statement by SNAP leader Kate Bochte (630-768-1860keight@sbcglobal.net), the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

One of Dennis Hastert’s victims came from a troubled family, a relative says in a new interview. And in court today, like the deceptive Wizard of Oz, Hastert’s lawyers say “Pay no attention to Hastert's child sex crimes” but only to recent leaks of information. We are saddened that a one time “public servant” is posturing as a victim when he is, in fact, a perpetrator.

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/hastert-attorney-misconduct-allegations-complicate-case/article_78cd3d7f-944e-5e25-88b0-8a38e57d662c.html

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MI--Victims urge child porn priest to be sentenced; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 14 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by  Priests

A priest who is on the sex offender registry is being sentenced today for child porn. He had the material in Chicago and in Michigan and he sexually assaulted a boy in Colorado. We hope he’s locked up for as long as possible.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/07/14/prosecutors-want-14-year-sentence-for-70-year-old-detroit-priest-in-child-porn-case/

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CA--Victims blast bishop over delay in abuse case

For immediate release: Monday, July 13

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

Fifteen years after having been accused of child sexual abuse, a Stockton Catholic priest is being suspended.

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150710/NEWS/150719943/101011/A_NEWS  

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IL--Group urges reporters to “back off” with Hastert victims

For immediate release: Monday, July 13

Statement by SNAP leader Kate Bochte (630-768-1860keight@sbcglobal.net)

Enough is enough! We urge reporters to STOP looking for victims of Dennis Hastert. Just leave the guys alone. They have already suffered so much for so long.

The Chicago Tribune reports that numerous reporters are “digging through Yorkville High School yearbooks and knocking on doors of former high school wrestlers now in their 50s and 60s.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-dennis-hastert-mystery-met-20150707-story.html#page=1

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FL--Victims blast bishop on abuse decision

For immediate release: Monday, July 13

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

An allegation of child sexual abuse against a Florida Catholic priest has been deemed “unsubstantiated” by his church supervisors.  

http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_b91cefad-e4a1-5389-a155-05dd01eed14f.html

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PA--Victims wish new PA bishop to better protect kids

For immediate release: Monday, July 13

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

We’re glad that a parish priest becomes Greensburg’s Catholic bishop today. We are skeptical, however, because every time a chancery office staffer or other church bureaucrat is promoted, those men are most likely to have seen, suspected or heard about clergy sex crimes and cover ups and kept them covered up.

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NE--Two predator priests “outed” for first time

For immediate release: Monday, July 13

For more information:

David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Steve Theisen (319-231-1663, ltreggiefan@cs.com)

Two predator priests “outed” for first time

They spent time in two Nebraska Catholic dioceses

Both are “credibly accused child molesters,” church admits

Long secret records about them were just released last week

More hidden documents will be disclosed in the months ahead

Two Catholic priests who spent time in Nebraska have been publicly identified for the first time as “credibly accused” child molesters and a victims group wants local church officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who have been hurt by them.   

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MN--Victims blast new head of Twin Cities archdiocese

For immediate release:  Sunday, July 12

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

We’re very saddened and worried by recent claims made by the new head of the Twin Cities archdiocese. Bernard Hebda seems more like an over-the-top cheerleader than a thoughtful, conscientious shepherd. He seems fixated with public relations posturing to mollify the flock instead of fixing a scandal-ridden institution. At best, he seems like a Pollyanna and at worst, he seems like a slick politician.

--In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Hebda said that "great strides have already been made" in monitoring abusive priests.  http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/hebda

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KS--Victims blast archbishop on abuse decision

For immediate release: Sunday, July 12

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

We have little faith in secretive church “investigations,” so we are worried that Fr. Riley has allegedly been “cleared” by his bishop of child sex abuse accusations. It seems obvious that Bishop Michael Jackels’ hand-picked panel did not even interview the accuser but instead relied on the second-hand report of a person hand-picked and paid by Jackels.

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Chile--Manifestantes arrestados en Bolivia son elogiados por sobreviviente Chileno

Para publicación inmediata Viernes 10 de Julio 2015

Juan Carlos Cruz, Sobreviviente de Chile (+1 312-420-4301, jccruz1@aol.com)

Como víctima del sacerdote chileno Fernando Karadima, estoy profundamente agradecido a los miles de personas que han denunciado la designación por el Papa Francisco de Juan Barros como obispo de Osorno, Chile. Barros fue un estrecho colaborador de Karadima y encubridor de sus abusos sexuales contra menores y jóvenes vulnerables. Estoy especialmente agradecido de todos aquellos que hoy se niegan a rendirse y aceptar que la diócesis chilena de Osorno sea gobernada por un clérigo cómplice y encubridor de un condenado pedófilo.
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