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SD--Victims blast Sioux Falls bishop for honoring accused predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

Monday, in an act of stunning insensitivity, a South Dakota bishop dedicated a building to his predecessor who was accused of molesting three children.

Sioux Falls Bishop Paul J. Swain led a public ceremony to name dedicated a homeless shelter after the now-deceased Bishop Paul V. Dudley, who alleged sexually abused in the St. Paul archdiocese.

http://www.kdlt.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40971&Itemid=57

http://www.sfcatholic.org/Bishop/documents/Bishop%20Dudley%20Hospitality%20House_12-Jan-2015_opening%20&%20blessing.pdf   

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PA--Victims tell Penn State: "Let go of Paterno's victories"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org )

Penn State officials are trying to get NCAA officials to “re-instate” all of Joe Paterno’s “wins.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2015/01/13/penn-state-sanctions-ncaa-joe-paterno-victories/21688509/   

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NE--Victims want new Nebraska bishop to focus on kids' safety

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

Soon the Vatican will appoint a new bishop for the Grand Island diocese in Nebraska.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/bishop-to-be-named-next-week-to-replace-dendinger-who/article_72e6ddc4-f94a-57c0-b0d3-c42588f4a503.html   

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MA--O’Malley must fire two staff & defrock one priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

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

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley must do more than let a priest, principal and teacher resign. He must defrock the cleric and fire the other two.

http://www.whdh.com/story/27841434/3-school-staff-in-revere-resign-amid-indecent-exposure-incidents   

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MO--Female KC priest excommunicated but no predators have been

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org )

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn has excommunicated a woman who was recently ordained a priest. http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/kansas-citys-first-woman-priest-has-been-excommunicated   

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MN--St. Thomas University staff should be fired

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

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

It’s time for students and staff at the University of St. Thomas to demand that wrongdoers are fired and a real investigation is launched into how much school officials knew about – and how little they did about – child sex abuse allegations against the popular, charismatic but predatory Fr. Michael Keating.   

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National--Seeds of Hope website launched, victims' group voices concerns

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 13th

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A website offering “Orthodox Christian healing and counseling” was launched earlier this month. According to the website, Seeds of Hope is a national, non-profit organization of licensed therapists who are also Orthodox. Also according to the site, these therapists will provide free, confidential counseling for Orthodox victims of clergy abuse.

http://www.orthodoxchristianhealing.com/   

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MN--High ranking church official lies to colleagues

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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

Can proof of deceit possibly be clearer? The newly disclosed email from Fr. Kevin McDonough is conclusive evidence that he endangered kids and lied to a colleague. He should be defrocked.

http://www.startribune.com/local/288296171.html   

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MI--Serial predator priest faces new Michigan charges

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We’re thrilled that an already convicted and imprisoned serial predator priest faces more charges. This should happen more often.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2015/01/former_jackson_lumen_christi_h.html   

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MO--Victims blast archbishop over perp center secrecy

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

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

One of several Catholic predator priest centers in our area is in the news again today:

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/for-years-he-s-lived-with-neighbors-who-are-abusive/article_7890c20e-6900-5569-a0b6-9935c8db178f.html?mode=comments    

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CO-- Bill Cosby jokes about rape & should be boycotted

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9

Statement by Jeb Barrett of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 720-891-0540, SNAPdenver@comcast.net

Last night, Bill Cosby joked about the two dozen rape allegations against him. That’s appalling. It adds insult to injury. http://www.people.com/article/bill-cosby-jokes-about-sexual-assault-allegations  

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MO--Two clergy sex case developments may hurt archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9

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

New developments in two civil lawsuits may shed more light on how St. Louis’ top Catholic official deals with clergy sexual abuse. In both cases, an actual trial – as opposed to a settlement or a loss by the victims on a technicality - seems more likely.   

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