Media Statements

MO- Vatican investigates Kansas City bishop, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 29, 2014

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

What is to investigate? Years ago, Finn was found guilty of breaking the law and knowingly and repeatedly hiding evidence of child sex crimes from police. Because of his selfish and callous crime, more innocent little girls and their families were hurt by then Fr. Shawn Rattigan. Both Francis and Benedict should have ousted and defrocked Finn long ago. Doesn’t common sense and human decency strongly suggest that Finn has no place in ministry?

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PA- Bishop bans boy/girl sports contact; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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

Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer has barred boys and girls from competing against one another in school contact sports.

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NY- Franciscan brother accused of sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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

A New York Franciscan brother has been removed from his position following allegations that he sexually abused a student. We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and reported these allegations. 

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VA- Pastor's wife gets light sentence in abuse case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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 appalled that a pastor's wife has been sentenced to just 10 days in jail for her involvement in a child sexual abuse case.

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MN- Judge blocks release of child sex abuse files, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

A Minnesota judge has granted the Diocese of Duluth’s request to block the release of internal church documents relating to a clergy abuse lawsuit. We are disappointed by this action. Releasing information about predator priests and complacent officials helps keep children safe.

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PA- Altoona priest will remain behind bars; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 29, 2014

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

An Altoona-Johnstown priest, who was arrested on child sex charges, will remain behind bars until the start of his trial. We are grateful that he will be kept away from children until his trial.

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Rome- Paraguay bishop NOT ousted because of abuse

For immediate release: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

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

Vatican officials now deny that a controversial bishop in Paraguay was ousted because he hired and promoted a credibly accused abusive cleric who faced allegations of sexual misdeeds in Argentina, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. (He is Fr. Carlos Urruigoity.)

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IL- Survey of Springfield Catholics is online, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

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

A survey of more than 900 Springfield area Catholics shows that the church's on-going child sex abuse and cover-up crisis is one reason many people stopped attending mass.

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Rome- Vatican claims to be powerless, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

Yesterday, the Vatican ousts a controversial bishop. Today, the Vatican claims it's powerless over bishops and that bishops are not “representatives or delegates” of the pope.

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MN- St. Paul Catholic officials still quietly moving predators

For immediate release: Friday, September 26, 2014

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

St. Paul Catholic officials are keeping predator priests on the job using the same discredited excuses the church hierarchy has trotted out for decades.

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PA- Altoona priest is arrested; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

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

Now that federal authorities have arrested an Altoona-Johnstown priest on child sex charges, the burden now shifts to Bishop Mark Bartchak. He must help police and prosecutors by using his considerable resources to seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.

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PA- Ex-Scranton priest at center of new firestorm

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

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

A former Scranton priest is making international headlines today as Pope Francis has ousted the bishop who welcomed the priest to Paraguay.

For almost four years, Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera did little or nothing about Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, even though Fr. Carlos had been accused of sexual misdeeds in Argentina and Minnesota, and was called

“dangerous to youths” by another Catholic official.   

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