Media Statements

Rome- Pope picks 3 “troubling” choices for “economy” panel, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

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)

The Pope's insensitivity to child sex abuse victims continues. He tapped three prelates for his Council on Economy whose words and deeds regarding clergy sex crimes and cover ups deeply trouble us. 

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WA- Clergy sex abuse trial starts today, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014 

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) 

A clergy sex abuse trial in the Diocese of Yakima has started today. We are grateful that this predator is facing criminal charges in a court of law. 

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Sex abuse victims seek help from five bishops

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

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

Sex abuse victims seek help from five bishops 

Convicted pedophile priest now runs a church

He faces three known accusers, all in Colorado

Cleric plead guilty to a felony & has been sued twice

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking Catholic bishops in five states to warn their flocks about a convicted predator priest who now heads a non-denominational North Carolina church.

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Ireland- Two nun orders refuse to pay victims of the Magdalene laundries crisis, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

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)

Two of the four orders of nuns who ran the Magdalene laundries have refused to contribute to the financial redress for the victims. We are disappointed by this report.

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TX- Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds

For immediate release: March 10, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home) 

Houston’s Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis' new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.

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Mexico- Complicit Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds

For immediate release: March 10, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

Mexico City’s corrupt Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera is one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis' new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.

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Aussie- Victims blast Cardinal Pell's comments as “disingenuous”

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014 

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)

In a savvy public relations move before he testifies to a government panel, Cardinal George Pell now conveniently claims he's OK with Catholic officials being sued when they ignore or conceal clergy sex crimes. He's being disingenuous.

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NY- Cardinal Dolan feels church is “picked on”; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

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) 

On Meet the Press today, Cardinal Tim Dolan shamelessly whined that Catholics “are being picked on” about child sex crimes, trying to pretend that somehow, the church's largely corrupt hierarchy is the real victim in the on-going, horrific Catholic clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis. Shame on him.

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NY- Camp Counter-Sues Parents of Molested Child for Defamation

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 2014

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)

A World of Discovery Day Camp employee was found guilty of sexually molesting a 12-year old boy. But camp officials are now suing the parents of the victimized boy for defamation.

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MO- Former principle charged with sexual abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

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

A former principal of a Collinsville Christian Academy has been charged with attempted sexual assault.  We want school officials to aggressively reach out to any other victims.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-principal-at-collinsville-christian-academy-charged-with-sexual-abuse/article_d7a834a1-d82e-5b86-b90c-cccc9b75a485.html  

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NC- Pastor accused of sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

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)

A North Carolina pastor, who was working in South Carolina, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is already listed on the sexual offender registry in North Carolina. We are disturbed that a registered sex offender was allowed to work as the pastor of a church. 

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NY- Charges dropped vs. clergy sex whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014 

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 are thrilled but not surprised at a Brooklyn prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a whistleblower in a clergy sex abuse case.

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