Media Statements

Bishops in DC, VA & MD must act re admitted predator

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

We doubt Fr. Espinoza was ever on the Arlington bishop's payroll. But we know seven things.

First, he admitted raping a teenager.

Second, he was around kids in the DC area (including in the Arlington diocese).

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FL--Victims urge toughest sentence for minister

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

We hope youth pastor Jeffery London is given the toughest sentence possible today. And the minute he’s sentenced, we hope that Miami area church officials and charter school officials start working hard to find others London has hurt.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-jeffery-london-sentenced-20150825-story.html

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WA--Victims applaud $5 million judgment vs. predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

We are glad that a judge has awarded a brave victim of a Yakima predator priest a $5 million judgment. We hope this victim’s courage will inspire others who are in pain because of child molesting clerics to step forward, seek justice, expose predators and protect kids.

http://www.kimatv.com/news/crime-and-justice/322723751.html

http://www.kapptv.com/article/2015/aug/24/multi-million-dollar-award-issued-yakima-sexual-ab/

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CA--Group applauds LAUSD abuse victims

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, volunteer Western Regional Director, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com
 
We applaud the tenacity of the students and their families. Because they spoke up and refused to be silenced, they accomplished what the LAUSD refused to do: make LA’s public schools safer for vulnerable students.
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Victims applaud minister's sentence but urge more action

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

We’re grateful that Rev. Gregory Ivan Hawkins has gotten a tough sentence. Now, however, others at Zion Plaza Church and Zion Child Care& Learning Center must launch an aggressive outreach campaign to find and help others who are in pain because of Rev. Hawkins’ crimes.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/courts/tulsa-pastor-sentenced-to-seven-life-sentences-for-sexually-abusing/article_7d82ce2b-31f8-5e3e-8a39-2093f1a3e87d.html

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AUSTRALIA - Damning evidence of church/police corruption, and popes, including Francis, neglecting duty of care

For immediate release Monday, August 24, 2015

Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, SNAP Australia, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (nicky@nickydavis.com.au 0422 538 440).

Evidence today at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson delivered admissions of high level Catholic Church collusion with a former NSW police commissioner, which resulted in priests being above the law; and callous neglect of child safety by senior Vatican officials, including all recent popes.

Survivors are stunned that any Bishop, even a terminally ill one, would reveal some of the truth that most church officials work so hard to conceal.

Among Bishops Robinson’s revelations are:

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Australia--Victims praise bishop for “rare honesty”

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

Finally, a Catholic bishop tells the truth: Pope Francis isn’t showing real leadership on abuse and Cardinal George Pell took action on abuse only because a secular official threatened him.

Retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson made this brave observation and this disappointing disclosure in testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/some-popes-gave-out-the-wrong-message-retired-bishop-tells-sex-abuse-inquiry-20150823-gj61dm.html

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OR--Please help us protect the vulnerable

SNAP volunteers, including Portland SNAP leader Jeannie Cratty, handed out this flier in Sherwood on Sunday, at the parish where Fr. Ysrael Bien allegedly installed a hidden bathroom camera. Fr. Bien has reportedly fled to the Philippines.

We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth to deter future cover ups of sex crimes and misdeeds by clergy of any faith group.

We apologize if we seem intrusive. But we’re here because we fear that Fr. Ysrael Bien

--may hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in the Philippines or

--may have hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in Oregon.

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KY--SNAP to Archbishop: “’Cooperating’ isn’t enough”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 21

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

Louisville’s archbishop claims he’s ‘cooperating’ with law enforcement in the child porn case involving Fr. Stephen Pohl. That’s not enough.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and his staff must use their vast resources – church websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements, across the whole archdiocese - to aggressively seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and actively help police and prosecutors pursue this criminal cleric.

In our experience (26 years), we’ve learned that when a Catholic official claims he’s ‘cooperating’ with secular authorities, that essentially means he’s merely responding to – rather than fighting – subpoenas. That’s not optional. Ignoring subpoenas is illegal.

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KY--Victims urge outreach in priest porn case

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 21

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

Fr. Stephen Pohl is at least the 65th Louisville Catholic cleric to be accused of child sex crimes. We’re glad church officials are talking about this case but hope they use this opportunity to aggressively prod anyone with information or suspicions about Fr. Pohl to call law enforcement immediately.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/29850776/archdiocese-to-release-details-on-st-margaret-mary-priest-under-investigation-for-child-porn

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OR--“Take action now,” victims tell Portland archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 21

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

A lying, disobedient and creepy Catholic priest is now back in his home country. Portland’s archbishop, who brought him to Oregon and let him escape, should take steps now to protect Philippine families from him and help law enforcement nab him.

We call on Archbishop Alexander Sample to

---write his Philippine colleagues and urge them to suspend Fr. Ysrael Bien and keep him away from children. That’s what a compassionate shepherd would do.

---ask every priest in the archdiocese to read an impassioned plea this weekend from the pulpit, urging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Bien to call police.

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MN-- Victims blast abbey on new abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 20

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

We’re saddened but not surprised that another St. John’s cleric is accused of child sex crimes. For decades, this Catholic school has been a hotbed of abuse and cover ups.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/monastery-prior

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