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IL--Notorious predator passes; He worked in Joliet

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 23

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

One of the nation’s most prolific predator priests – who worked in Joliet - has passed away and a victims’ group wants Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who the priest assaulted.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/obituaries/james-janssen/article_81644cf9-ff7f-50ab-87a9-ea7709fe1fd9.html

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PA--Victims blast new Paterno beer

For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2015

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’re dismayed that a new beer will be named after Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/06/joe_paterno_getting_beer_named.html

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IA--Notorious Iowa predator priest passes

For immediate release: Monday, June 22

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

One of Iowa’s most prolific predator priests has passed away and a victims’ group wants Davenport Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who the priest assaulted.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/obituaries/james-janssen/article_81644cf9-ff7f-50ab-87a9-ea7709fe1fd9.html

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RI--Priest who abused in ND hurt 100s, panel is told

For immediate release: Monday, June 22

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)

A priest who molested Rhode Island kids, who “abused hundreds of children over decades” and should have never been ordained, a Northern Ireland government panel.

The testimony comes as part of a week-long inquiry into “what opportunities there were to (stop the priest’s abuse) of children and whether any action, or inaction, amounted to systemic failings.”   

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OK-- Victims urge church group to act in Oklahoma sex case

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

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

We’re glad an Oklahoma child molester has been convicted but now his church colleagues must aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected, suffered or concealed his crimes.

http://www.enidnews.com/news/jury-convicts-oklahoma-man-of-abusing-children-at-kenyan-orphanage/article_408f02d6-16aa-11e5-b4f9-1f67e6307063.html

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AL--Victims blast Catholic officials for “secrecy obsession”

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

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)

Shame on Mobile Archbishop Thomas Rodi for spending parishioners’ donations to keep secrets about an accused predator priest.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/06/mobile_archdiocese_again_tries.html    

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HI--Hawai'i bishop does funeral for accused predator in hiding, Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

A Catholic bishop recently led a funeral for an accused predator priest who was hiding in another country.

We just learned that Fr. Anthony Bolger, a priest who is publicly accused of sexually abusing a child in Hawai'i, died months ago while in hiding in Tijuana, Mexico.

http://www.hawaiicatholicherald.com/2015/01/30/obituary-father-anthony-bolger-1943-2015/

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MN--Top church staff hid archbishop’s recent deceit

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

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

Most top Twin Cities Catholic officials did nothing and kept quiet as their boss interfered with and limited an allegedly “independent” investigation into the archbishop’s alleged sexual misconduct.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/nienstedt   

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MO--Charges dropped for second time for Jiang

For immediate release Wednesday, June 17

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)

For the second time in two years, Fr. Joseph Jiang, who has followed Archbishop Robert Carlson to several cities, has escaped criminal prosecution. 

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MN--"Turning the page" is irresponsible

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 17

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

Some are talking of "moving on" and "turning the page" in the Twin Cities abuse and cover up scandal. . .

Such thoughts are misplaced. They show a callous disregard for vulnerable kids.  

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MN--SNAP “New St. Paul archdiocesan head’s first step”

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 16

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

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s replacement should immediately disclose more information about Fr. Gerald Dvorak, the latest Twin Cities archdiocesan cleric to be accused of child sex crimes.   

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MN--Survivor response to Jeyapaul sentencing

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Megan Peterson survivor of Fr. Jeyapaul, 218-689-9049

I was going to wait until I felt I had become centered again. Waiting for myself to be able to approach this in a very formal and graceful manner for you all. To erase all hints of anger and discomfort. To be a put-together, well-oiled machine. But the truth is, life is messy. Our emotions are messy. We cannot always carry ourselves with the grace we have envisioned.   

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