For immediate release, September 23, 2015
Statement by Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org
We're sad that Francis claims US bishops have shown "courage" in the abuse crisis. Almost without exception, they have shown cowardice and callousness and continue to do so now. They offer excuses, exploit legal technicalities and hide behind expensive lawyers and public relations professionals, hardly the marks of courage.
For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
In a speech today to U.S. bishops, according to ABC News, Francis “does not specifically reference the pedophilia that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church.”
He does, however, speak of some alleged “great sacrifice" made by bishops because of the abuse and cover up crisis.
What sacrifice? What bishops takes fewer vacations, drives a smaller car, does his own laundry or has been passed over for promotion because he’s shielding predators and endangering kids? None.
For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 20
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We believe Francis will meet soon, likely in DC, with a handful of carefully-chosen victims in a tightly-choreographed setting. And we’re convinced that it will be essentially meaningless.
It will bring short term joy to some but real healing to few and protection to no one.
Almost every survivor cares most about prevention. That’s also what helps us heal best: knowing that our pain prompts action that might spare even one child a lifetime of devastation from sexual violence.
CONTACT: Barbara Blaine, SNAP, +1.312.399-4747, email@example.com
Anne Barrett Doyle, BA, +1.781.439-5208 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Nessel, CCR, +1.917.442.0112, email@example.com
New York, 21 September, 2015 – Today, representatives from three organizations held a press conference at the United Nations in advance of the Pope’s visit to urge the Vatican to take concrete steps to address the crisis of sexual assault and its cover-up in the Catholic Church.
Mike Hunter has passed away. He started, and for almost a quarter century, led our SNAP support group in Kansas City. That’s a long time to devout yourself as a volunteer in a difficult cause. And he was a model leader, equally committed to all three parts of our mission: healing the wounded, protecting the vulnerable and exposing the truth.
(NOTE-On Oct. 11, from 12-4 p.m., there will be a picnic in Mike’s honor. Details: Cattlelackorder@yahoo.com)
Mike was there in the early 1990s
--when we first leafleted at the Cathedral downtown and a parishioner pushed a survivor down the steps,
--when we leafleted outside a parish that had just voted to bring back an accused predator priest, Fr. Thomas J. Ward,
--when Abott Durocher became the first Kansas City victim to break his gag order and expose his perpetrator (Fr.
John Tulipana) on page one of the Kansas City Star,
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 17
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
An admitted predator priest from the US is now on the job in Peru, a new investigation has found. We beg Catholic officials in Mississippi and Chimbote to do everything possible to warn unsuspecting families about him and help law enforcement pursue him. And we beg Pope Francis to denounce and stop this long-standing stunningly-irresponsible church practice of sending predator priests abroad to work among even more vulnerable parishioners.
(Almost two years ago, we prodded newly-named Jackson Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz to publicize Fr. Madden’s crimes and alert Catholics in Chimbote to his presence there. Kopacz ignored our pleas.)