MN- Victims respond to St. Paul archdiocesan announcement

For immediate release Thursday December 5, 2013

Statement by Megan Peterson, Twin Cities SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (218-689-9049 cell, survivor19@live.com)

Nienstedt must now force child molesting clerics into remote, secure treatment centers so they’ll be kept away from kids and give every shred of information about them and their crimes to police and prosecutors.

After 25 years of watching Catholic bishops act recklessly, deceitfully and callously in clergy sex cases - in the US and across the globe - we don't stun easily.

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Vatican- Pope disappoints victims and Catholics with new panel

For immediate release Thursday December 5, 2013

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, 312-455-1499 (office), 312-399-4747 (cell)

This Pope has been a breath of fresh air to many. But he’s a breath of stale air to wounded victims, vulnerable children, and betrayed Catholics.

Catholic officials have tons of knowledge about clergy sex crimes and cover-ups. They must simply give all this information - right now - to law enforcements and sanction their colleagues who conceal it.

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MO- Another KC predator priest passes away

Another KC predator priest passes away

He admitted “inappropriate relationships”

Cleric later became a Lutheran and an Episcopalian

Victims blast Catholic bishop for “continuing secrecy”

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

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

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Vatican - More Vatican talk on abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: December 5, 2013

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

 “Commission,” “survey,” “policies” – these are the words being used to describe the Vatican’s announcement.

Another commission surveying bishops and recommending policies is meaningless. It’s like offering a band-aid to an advanced cancer patient.

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Vatican - Pope essentially rebuffs UN panel

For immediate release: Tuesday December 3, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

The Vatican is ducking and dodging a United Nations panel’s request for information about the churches ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis.

http://www.ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/vatican-responds-un-questions-sexual-violence-against-children

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2013/12/vatican-ducks-questions-from-un-on-the-worldwide-child-abuse-in-catholic-institutions

On clergy sex crimes and cover ups, Pope Francis breaks no new ground. Like Benedict and John Paul before him, he parses words, splits hairs, hides information, and exploits legalistic technicalities.

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USA - Supreme Court to evaluate liability for viewers of child porn; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

The US Supreme Court will soon hear an unusual child pornography case. We disagree with the Justice Department when they say $3.4 million is too much to award to a victim of this heinous crime. Given how widespread and devastating child sex crimes are, and how tough it is to catch and convict predators, we as a society must do more to deter these crimes in the first place.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/us/evaluating-the-liability-of-viewers-of-child-pornography.html

It’s important to remember that sexual violence is often used in the making of these images. Kids are often raped and sodomized – sometimes violently and always hurtfully- to make these photos.

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MN - Judge orders accused priests’ names released; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Statement by Megan Peterson, Twin Cities SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (218-684-0073 cell, survivor19@live.com)

A Minnesota judge is ordering two Catholic bishops to reveal names of accused predator priests. Kids will be safer as a result. But it should never take a court order to force Catholic officials to disclose the names of potentially dangerous child molesting clerics.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/judge-releases-list-of-46-priests-accused-of-sexual-abus

These names won’t include all of the alleged predator priests in these two dioceses. We suspect that records have been destroyed and that abuse reports against dozens of credibly accused clerics have been wrongly deemed “unsubstantiated” by self-serving Catholic officials over the past few decades.

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MO - Abusive Baptist preacher goes on trial; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

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

At least four girls say Rev. Travis Smith of Stover (near Jefferson City) molested them. Smith goes on trial today. We hope his victims get justice and we hope Smith is convicted and imprisoned so that kids will be safer.

http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=978162#.UpyPe8RDuDp

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/fate-of-baptist-pastor-accused-of-abuse-is-in-the/article_f4f2f71c-b0cf-555f-94b1-76d79cc191c3.html

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MO - Victim appeals “bizarre” ruling

It involves KC Catholic officials & priest

Church says it’s not responsible for crimes

Their rationale: abuse happened on private property

SNAP: “It’s perhaps the worst legal tactic by bishop ever”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

For more info: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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AZ- Brewer should release money for child investigations

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 26

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

We are horrified that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is stalling on more funds to investigate some 6,000 suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.

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Vatican - More Vatican governance promises that ignore the church’s central crisis

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

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)

Today, there are more headlines from the Vatican about self-governance. But there’s still no action from the Vatican on clergy abuse.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10476208/Pope-says-power-should-be-moved-away-from-Vatican.html

It’s more minimal tinkering around the edges instead of directly confronting the most devastating scandal in the church: widespread and horrific crimes against kids being concealed and enabled by bishops.

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IL - Lawsuits settle but victims’ group wants more to be done

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

Child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits involving eight Chicago predator priests have been settled. They are Father Robert Mayer, Father Robert Becker, Father Ralph Strand, Father Ken Ruge, Father Joseph Fitzharris, Father Robert Stepek, Father Marion Snieg and Father Daniel McCormack.

We suspect that much of the attention on this settlement will be on Fr. McCormack, Illinois’ most high profile serial predator priest. While McCormack is behind bars, several of these child molesting clerics are walking free, likely living near unsuspecting neighbors or working among unsuspecting colleagues or volunteering at unsuspecting non-profits and perhaps even molesting unsuspecting relatives’ children.

For the safety of kids these predators belong behind bars. But they won’t get there unless people speak up.

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