Media Statements

MN- Archbishop under investigation, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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

Some report that Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated for sexual relationships. 

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IL- "Bondage" priest gets new assignment

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 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 Springfield Catholic priest who made headlines when police helped him escape a bondage outfit he'd put on now has a new assignment.

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NC- Victims question if an admitted predator priest won't be charged

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 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) 

Even though he confessed to molesting a child four years ago, we fear that criminal child sex abuse charges against Fr. Michael Joseph Kelleher will be dropped today by Stanly County prosecutor Reece Saunders who, we believe, has some tough questions to answer about why he let this case linger for four years. 

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INTL- Dutch Catholic church paid millions to victims, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 01, 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)

Thousands of Dutch clergy sex abuse victims registered with a commission collecting complaints. We are glad that so many victims in Holland were able to come forward and report their abuse, but we suspect there are many more suffering in silence and self-blame. 

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MO- In “1st-ever” clergy "contract breach" suit, arbitrator awards $1.1 million

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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

In an unprecedented case, the only one like it (we believe) in the country, an arbitrator has ordered a controversial Missouri bishop to pay $1.1 million to 42 victims of clergy sex crimes because he broke his pledges to improve how he deals with abuse cases. It's a "breach of contract" case.

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IA- Priest suspended; victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 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)

Des Moines' Catholic bishop is being far too secretive and lax about the credibly accused child molesting cleric that he has suspended. 

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MO- Predatory ex-minister is “outed” in historic “first,” SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 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)

For perhaps the first time ever, a local Protestant church body is exposing an ex-minister as a credibly accused child molester, even though there are no criminal charges, no civil lawsuit and no admission by the alleged predator. SNAP is applauding the move. We also applaud the brave victim who helped us prod church officials to do this.

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NY- Predator priest is sued, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 30, 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 deceased New York priest is being sued for child sexual abuse. We are grateful to this brave woman for standing up for justice and accountability. 

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MN- Predatory priest case to be heard by MN Supreme Court

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 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 thrilled that Minnesota's highest court will take another look at the criminal abuse case against Fr. Christopher Wenthe of the St. Paul Archdiocese.

http://minnlawyer.com/2014/06/27/state-supreme-court-to-reconsider-clergy-sexual-abuse-case/   

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UK- Jehovah Witness predator convicted; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 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 former Jehovah's Witness elder has been found guilty of child sex crimes. We are very grateful to his courageous victims. And we are glad that Mark Sewell will be kept away from children, at least for a while.

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INTL- Who's watching defrocked predator archbishop now? SNAP asks

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949.322.7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

The Vatican is now disciplining another type of child molesting cleric - a diplomat (Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski). That's a new twist on an old pattern - Catholic officials dealing with those who commit child sex crimes while ignoring those who conceal child sex crimes.

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TX- Archdiocese move is “too little, too late”

For immediate release: Friday, June 27, 2014 

Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

The San Antonio Archdiocese has notified some of its flock about an admitted pedophile priest.

(see today's Express News).

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