SD- SNAP urges lawmakers to reject SB 130

For immediate release: Monday, February 17, 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 South Dakota legislative panel will vote tomorrow on a measure that moves the state backwards and endangers kids.

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MN- Releasing predators' names is not enough, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 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)

Recalcitrant Twin Cities church officials have been forced to finally make nine more predators' names public by a safety-conscious judge and victim. But Catholic officials must go further. They have shielded these predators for years. Now they must warn citizens and Catholics about them, not just in Minnesota but in every state they worked. 

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Poland- Priest arrested for sex crimes, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, February 17, 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 priest in Poland has been arrested for sexually abusing children in the Caribbean. 

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OH- Victim of Fr. Robert Poandl speaks out

Presented by David Harper to the United States District Court, 

Southern District of Ohio, 

February 12, 2014

Victim Impact Statement

I cannot possibly convey the swath of destruction that lay in Robert Poandl’s wake.  We all create ripple effects in the universe around us. These ripple effects can be negative, positive or something in between. I have no doubt Robert helped many people and did many good works, making positive ripple effects. His family and friends are convinced of his innocence which both he and I know is amazing. It attests to the power of faith and love. How anyone could sit through his trial and not be convinced of his guilt is remarkable; Robert certainly did not react when a jury of his peers found him guilty. 

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MO- Whistleblowers ask Pope to discipline Bishop Finn

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 15, 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 priest, nun and parishioners have filed formal charges with the church headquarters in Rome against Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn for his illegal and hurtful recklessness, callousness and deceit in the horrific case of a serial predator priest.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/us/pope-pressed-on-bishop-who-supervised-pedophile.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140214&tntemail0=y 

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MN- Archbishop reverses himself & tries again to block disclosures

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 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)

St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt is inflicting emotional whiplash on abuse victims and concerned Catholics.

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IL- Lawsuit alleges negligence by church officials, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, February 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)

Two lawsuits against a church volunteer for child sexual abuse also claim that officials at Willow Creek Community Church were negligent. 

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MO- Catholic officials lose 2 court rulings

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 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)

Over the past two weeks, St. Louis Catholic officials have lost important court rulings in two similar but unrelated wrongful death lawsuits stemming from alleged clergy sex crimes.

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SC- Bob Jones victims should call police, group says

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are glad talks are resuming between Bob Jones University officials and GRACE, the non-profit that is looking at sex crimes at the school. 

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IL- Child molesting deacon charged, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 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)

We are grateful a serial child molesting deacon at Fairview Heights' First Baptist Church has been caught and charged. But it's disingenuous for the minister to distance himself from the offender and call the offender a member instead of a deacon.

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Poland- SNAP applauds Polish Catholic Church for creating child sex abuse procedure

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 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)

We are encouraged that the Catholic Church in Poland is publishing procedures for child sex abuse. This is a good first step that many churches across the globe have already enacted. 

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MN- Victims respond to St. Paul Catholic $$$ disclosure

For immediate release Thursday, February 13, 2014 

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

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis admits to having spent $8.8 million over the past decade on costs related to clergy misconduct.  We suspect this is misleading. We suspect the real figure is significantly higher.

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