Media Statements

MO- Former pastor pleads guilty to child molestation, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, February 21, 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 former Kansas City pastor pleaded guilty to child molestation and sexual misconduct.

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MN- Victims to archdiocese: say more about 'investigations'

For immediate release: Friday, February 21, 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)

Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Catholic officials disagree over whether or not 28 clergy who are accused of molesting kids should be publicly named. Here's a simple compromise. 

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MT- Gender bias plaguing Missoula county attorney office

For immediate release:  Friday, February 21, 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 Missoula county attorney’s office has failed to prosecute “nearly every case” of non-stranger rapes.  

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Chile--Predator removed by the Vatican continues to minister

 For immediate release: Thursday, February 20, 2014

 Statement by Juan Carlos Cruz or SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (1+ 312 420 4301· jccruz1@aol.com)

 A serial predator priest who has been ordered to live "a life of prayer and penance" is still saying mass in public, clearly violating restrictions put on him by his Catholic supervisors.

We are saddened but not shocked. Only under public pressure do bishops finally take some action against child molesting clerics. And when public attention subsides, it's "back to business as usual."   

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SC- Minister charged with sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, February 20, 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 South Carolina man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child. 

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IL- Promotion of Springfield priest is “disturbing,” SNAP says

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 20, 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)

We're disappointed that a Springfield Catholic priest has been promoted to head the Wichita diocese.

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MN- Victims challenge New Ulm bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com,  Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata (952-471-3422, skibrs@q.com), Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Victims challenge New Ulm bishop

New documents show predator was prolific

Pedophile priest worked in 15 Minnesota towns 

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging New Ulm’s Catholic bishop to reach out to victims of an abusive priest who, according to new church records, was especially egregious.

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TX- Victims group praises Texas diocese

For immediate release: Thursday, February 20, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims group praises Texas diocese

Twice, it does outreach about predator priest

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is praising a Texas Catholic diocese for twice seeking out others who may have been molested by a priest.

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KS- New bishop part of “disturbing decisions,” SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 20

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003) 

The new Catholic bishop of Wichita has, for more than a decade, been part of a team of church officials that has made disturbing decisions in clergy sex cases.

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FL- “Troubled” by new Miami bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, February 20, 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)

The Vatican has tapped a cleric from a scandal-ridden archdiocese to be an auxiliary bishop of Miami. 

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Ireland- SNAP applauds Irish court for siding with victim

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A high court in Ireland has ordered that a Christian Brothers congregation pay the highest settlement to a child sexual abuse victim in Irish history. 

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SD- Victims applaud legislative panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 19, 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

Yesterday, a South Dakota legislative panel rejected changes in the state's child safety laws.

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