PA - Victims want Catholic official to stay locked up

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

For immediate release: Monday December 30, 2013

We support DA Seth Williams' effort to keep Msgr. William Lynn behind bars for now. We too worry that he might flee overseas, like hundreds of predator priests - and several corrupt church officials - already have. Why take the risk that a complicit Catholic cleric might escape justice?

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PA - Catholic official's conviction overturned

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

For immediate release: Thursday, December 26, 2013

Once again, another high-ranking Catholic official who repeatedly endangered kids and enabled predators is escaping punishment.  

We are heart-sick over this decision and we applaud prosecutors for appealing it. We know thousands of betrayed Catholics and wounded victims will be disheartened by this news.

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MN - More MN predator priests named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

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

Today, like yesterday, Minnesota citizens and Catholics learned the names of accused predator priests. And today, like yesterday, the information was made public by responsible news outlets, not by church officials.

Minnesota parents and parishioners should thank the Star-Tribune for revealing Fr. Ambrose Filbin and Fr. Harold Whittet are accused of sexual misconduct and Minnesota Public Radio for revealing that Fr. Harry Walsh is a credibly accused child molester.

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TX - Victims urge bishop to act

Predator priest now lives in Dallas

Catholic officials say he's "credibly accused"

He was "outed" for first time last week in Minnesota

And he supposedly faces a church defrocking trial this month

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

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

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MI - Victims harshly blast Detroit Catholic officials on abuse

For immediate release Thursday, December 19, 2013

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

Yesterday, Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s public relations mouthpiece admitted that three times, a brave victim urged Detroit Catholic officials to take action against the priest who molested her but was still on the job. 

The third time, Detroit Catholic officials took action: they offered her therapy.

That is incredibly irresponsible.

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IL - Predator priest is teaching sex ed

He worked in at least 1 Chicago parish

But several bishops hid abuse allegations

SNAP: Catholic officials still “endanger kids

Their “continued secrecy” violates church policies

Those who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse must speak up,” group says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President (312) 399-4747SNAPblaine@gmail.com

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IA - Predator priest is teaching sex ed

He worked in Davenport parish

But bishops told no one about him

SNAP: Catholic officials still “endanger kids

Their “continued secrecy” violates church policies

Those who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse must speak up,” group says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

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

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MI - Predator priest is teaching sex ed

He worked and abused in Detroit

But bishops told no one about him

SNAP: Catholic officials still “endanger kids”

Their “continued secrecy” violates church policies

Those who “saw, suspected or suffered abuse must speak up,” group says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

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

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MN - Predator priest now teaches sex ed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

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

A credibly accused predator priest now teaches sex education for Wright County (according to Minnesota Public Radio). We call on county officials to immediately fire him. And we call on St. Paul/Minneapolis Catholic officials to explain why they continue to keep silent about the allegations against him.

http://origin-minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?from=hp

Fr. Harry Walsh reportedly molested at least two kids. A settlement was paid to one of them. He studied to become a “sexologist” and had a lengthy “affair” with a married parishioner (such conduct is now illegal in Minnesota).

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MN - SNAP to Catholics: “Don’t donate until Fr. McDonough is defrocked”

For immediate release: Wednesday December 18, 2013

Statement by Bob Schwiderski, SNAP Minnesota director (952 471 3422skibrs@q.com)


Enough is enough. Catholic officials should start defrocking Fr. Kevin McDonough. And Catholic parishioners should donate elsewhere until this happens.

Fr. McDonough knows more about clergy sex crimes and cover ups than anyone else in the archdiocese.  His name and fingerprints are on many church records about concealing known and suspected crimes.

But the final straw came late yesterday when St. Paul’s police chief named Fr. McDonough as one of the archdiocesan clerics who refuse to be questioned by police.

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ME - New Maine Catholic bishop is named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

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

The elevation of Boston’s Bishop Robert Deeley to head Maine’s Catholic archdiocese is yet another in a string of disappointing promotions made in recent months. (Others include new Hartford Bishop Leonard Blair, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz, Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano and Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels.)

Deeley admits working closely with then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which oversees – and hides – clergy sex crimes from across the globe. We suspect Deeley knows of hundreds of credibly accused child molesting Catholic clerics and we doubt if he’s reported even one to law enforcement.

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MN - Police say Catholic officials are NOT cooperating - SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

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

According to the Pioneer Press, “St. Paul police Chief Thomas Smith said Tuesday that investigators have not gotten cooperation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on sexual abuse cases.”

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_24740703/archbishop-nienstedt-accused-will-step-aside

This is, in our view, the most serious and damning disclosure yet in the Twin Cities Catholic crisis – that even now, even to law enforcement, Catholic officials say one thing and do another, and that even now, Catholic officials refuse to do the absolute bare minimum – responding to questions from the police.

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