CA- Predator priest files will be kept closed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 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)

The Monterey Catholic Diocese has succeeded, at least temporarily, in keeping documents about a predator priest sealed. 

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SNAP urges Senate action on rapes in military

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 10, 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)

As early as tomorrow morning, the US Senate may vote on a measure to combat rape in the military. We urge them to back the toughest measure possible. We especially commend New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her work on this crucial issue. 

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OH- Predator priest to be sentenced

For immediate release Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For more information contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Predator priest to be sentenced

He was found guilty & worked in 8 states

Courtroom may be filled with his supporters

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FL- Abuse victims plead with Southern Baptists

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Amy Smith of Houston, SNAP leader (281 748 4050, spacecitysnap@gmail.com) 

Abuse victims plead with Southern Baptists 

They beg church officials: “Don't appeal jury verdict”

Florida Baptist Convention should “accept justice,” they say

Appealing will erode Baptist officials’ moral authority,” states SNAP

They call this a “watershed moment” for largest US Protestant denomination

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NY- New Albany bishop named

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 10

 

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 high ranking cleric from a diocese that's one of the most secretive with predator priests has been promoted to head the Albany Catholic diocese. Pope Francis has made another poor choice. While the pontiff has made steps forward on Vatican finances and governance, he has still done virtually nothing substantial to help expose predators, deter enablers, heal victims and prevent future clergy sex crimes and cover ups. 

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MA- Chaplain removed for “sexual misconduct”, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, February 10, 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)

The assistant chaplain at Holy Cross and Director of Service and Social Justice Programs has been removed after allegations of “adult sexual misconduct”.

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MO- Carlson “finds” seven more abuse reports; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 10

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Assistant Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com)

Some say Archbishop Robert Carlson is now obeying a court order but honestly, virtually no one knows for sure. And we're upset that he now says he's found seven more credible abuse reports that he allegedly didn't mention earlier.

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NJ- Predator priest breaks his plea deal, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, February 10, 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 sad but not surprised that an ex-priest has apparently broken his deal with a prosecutor by continuing to profess his innocence.

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Ok- Top Jehovah’s Witness officials may face criminal charges, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, February 10, 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)

An Oklahoma prosecutor is charging that top Jehovah’s Witness officials knew about but concealed allegations of child rape. We are glad that the DA’s office is working to expose these heinous crimes. 

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NY- Albany doesn’t have to release sex abuse documents, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, February 7, 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)

The Albany diocese will not have to release 40 years of sexual abuse records. 

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Albany-diocese-wins-ruling-on-abuse-records-5214411.php

The victim filed suit in Vermont, which is where the abuse took place. The priest Gary Mercure was based out of the Albany diocese. The statute of limitations is less restrictive in Vermont than in New York and the victim’s attorney showed through business records that the Albany diocese has close ties with Vermont.  

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HI- Testimony backing statute of limitations reform

David Clohessy, Director, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (7234 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63143), 314 566 9790 cell. (SNAPclohessy@aol.com

(Hearing is Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in Hawaii.) 

I strongly support SB 2687 and HB 2014. By way of background, I have been the director of SNAP for 25 years. Four boys in our family, including me, were molested as kids by the same predator priest. One of the victims, my younger brother, grew up to become a priest. Because he molested kids as well, my brother is now suspended from the priesthood.

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Vatican claims UN panel “gave more credence to NGOs” over church officials, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, February 07, 2014

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com)

Papal spokesman claims UN panel “gave more credence to NGOs” over church officials. This is simply not true. 

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