Media Statements

FL--Victims prod bishop to act re soon-to-be-freed predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 28

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)

A convicted child predator, church volunteer and Eucharistic minister is due to be released from prison early next month. For the safety of children, Fort Myers area Catholic officials must take steps to warn parents and parishioners about him.

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/26604928/diocese-of-venice-hit-with-5m-sex-abuse-lawsuit#.VSaBD_nF8_w

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ME--Orthodox priest is sentenced

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

An Orthodox priest from Maine, who was found guilty of child sexual abuse for the second time in March, was sentenced today to six and a half years in prison and 3 years probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/04/27/news/bangor/former-bangor-greek-orthodox-priest-to-serve-6%C2%BD-years-for-child-sex-crimes/    

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MO--Archbishop does interviews in KC; SNAP responds

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

The new head of the Kansas City MO Catholic diocese, in his first interviews since taking the reins is talking about fundraising, low-balling expectations, and equating the suffering of abuse victims and church staff.

http://kcur.org/post/archbishop-joseph-naumann-looks-heal-raise-funds-kansas-city-st-joseph-diocese  

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PA--State Supreme Court reverses reversal of Msgr. Lynn's conviction

For immediate release: Monday, April 27

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

We are grateful the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the reversal of Monsignor Lynn’s conviction.   

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MO--New head of KC diocese should act on 2 priests

For immediate release: Friday, April 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

Two priests who molested in Kansas City MO are now still priests living or working elsewhere, unsupervised, among unsuspecting families. The new temporary head of the Kansas City diocese should act now to warn others about them.   

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CA -- New evidence surfaces against controversial SF priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, April 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)

Once again Bay Area Catholics learn about serious charges against a priest only through the news media, not from their alleged “shepherds.”

Star of the Sea parishioners have apparently learned via news reports that their pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, was essentially deemed guilty of intimidating a young alleged victim of a predator priest.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/old-court-case-fuels-calls-for-sf-pastors-ouster/Content?oid=2927614

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WV -- Mormon hearing televised today

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 22, 2014

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

Court hearing today to be streamed live

It can be watched on-line, starting at 10 a.m.

Case is “virtually unprecedented,” group says

Mormons persuaded judge to give predator a lawyer

And half of his attorney fees are to be paid by abuse victims

National support group blasts that arrangement as “an outrage

It’s begging those who “saw, suspected or suffered Mormon crimes” to “speak up

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MO--KC bishop is ousted-a tiny step forward

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

 

Finally, more than two years after his conviction, Bishop Robert Finn has been ousted. This is a tiny but belated step forward.    

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/missouri-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest-resigns.html?_r=0

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IL- Cardinal George of Chicago passed away; SNAP responds

For immediate release April 17, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President and Founder - bblaine@snapnetwork.org; 312-455-1499 (office), 312-399-4747 (cell)

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Chicago's Catholics and everyone grieving the loss of Cardinal George, including the many members and supporters of SNAP who are faithful Catholics who relied on George for guidance and prayer.

 http://abc7chicago.com/religion/francis-cardinal-george-dies-after-cancer-battle/666252/

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WA--Victims blast Spokane priest "innocence" claim

For immediate release Friday April 17, 2015

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

Today, in Spokane the acting head of the diocese, the Rev. Michael Savelesky, announced that he was restoring a suspended and accused, several times, predator priest back to ministry. While several charges against Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, the former director of Morning Star Boys Ranch, were taken to trial others were investigate outside of the courts in secret by an individual, hand-picked by the bishop. No details were given about the unusual and untested process (Did the panel interview the accuser? How many other people did the panel talk with?) SNAP wants diocesan officials to be more forthcoming about the procedure he used in this case and others.  

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GA--Victims abused as “missionary kids” meet in Atlanta

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16, 2015

For more information: Rich Darr cell phone: 815 370 4703, rsdarr@earthlink.net

Abuse victims to hold meeting in Atlanta

“Missionary kids” were molested overseas

Their parents proselytized in developing nations

Children were put in ill-prepared boarding homes

Adults who were sexually, physically and emotionally abused overseas in Christian settings are holding an international conference this weekend (Apr 17-19) in Atlanta, GA.    

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MO--Abuse lawsuits vs. 2 St. Louis priests settled

For immediate release: Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

Cases settled vs. two predator priests

Both were from Joliet diocese but worked here

One was a Missouri state social worker in 2002

The other is the 1st priest deemed "sexually violent predator"

He allegedly had 25 victims and worked at five St. Louis sites

One cleric is still in prison; the other may still be living here

Catholic officials in an Illinois diocese have settled 14 clergy sex abuse and cover up cases involving five priests – two of whom worked in St. Louis - for $4.1 million.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/chicago-personal-injury/hurley-mckenna-mertz/prweb12653765.htm   

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