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Rome- Pope shows “archaic, defensive” mindset; SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 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 are deeply disheartened by Pope Francis' remarks on the church's horrific, on-going sexual abuse scandal. His comments reflect an archaic, defensive mindset that will not make kids safer. 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/05/pope-defends-church-efforts-against-abuse  

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National- Victims on general's sex trial: Stop calling it “an affair”

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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 the court-martial of Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, accused of sexual assault for allegedly twice forcing oral sex on a soldier, the words “affair” and “mistress” should never appear. Those are inaccurate terms. 

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OR- New Portland Catholic bishop appointed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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)

Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith is the new auxiliary of the Portland Catholic archdiocese. We are disappointed by this choice.

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MT- Church officials should act now, not wait for settlements

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 04, 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) 

As part of a yet-to-be-finalized settlement with clergy sex abuse victims, Helena Catholic officials say they'll release the names of credibly accused child molesting clerics. They should have done this years ago and we urge them to do this now. There's no reason they cannot or should not.

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NY- Men to rank NY private schools on safety; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 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 applaud these compassionate men of the Horace Mann Action Coalition who are devising a system of rating New York private schools on how they handle child sex crimes.

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OK- Victims applaud prosecutors for appealing child sex case

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Assistant Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com) 

We are grateful that McAlester prosecutors are appealing the recent dismissal of a child sex abuse case involving a Jehovah's Witness elder (Ronald Lawrence) who is accused of molesting three girls.

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IL- Pedophile priest worked in 3 Illinois dioceses

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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

Pedophile priest worked in 3 Illinois dioceses

He was publicly exposed two weeks ago for first time

Sex abuse victims seek help from Cardinal George

Group blasts “bare minimum” approach by Catholic officials

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CA- Jehovah's Witness sentenced for child sex crimes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 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 grateful that a Jehovah's Witness elder will spend time in prison and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Now, JW officials and congregants must aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

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NJ- Victims blast Newark pastor

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

A Newark Catholic pastor is telling his flock that “the media is our devil." We believe Fr. Peter Palmisano should be disciplined for this hurtful remark.

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TX- Prosecutor blasts ex-priest for alleged dishonesty; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2013

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

In a shocking display of bias, a Catholic prosecutor has impugned a man's honesty because he left the priesthood.

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Canada- Ministers: We were deceived by backers of convicted archbishop

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2014

For more info: Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, Cappy Larson cappy@rlarson.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Ministers say they were "deceived"

Fundraiser for convicted predator won't happen in Ottawa 

He was Orthodox Church’s highest ranking cleric in Canada

But in Jan a judge found archbishop guilty of sexually assaulting a boy

Victims’ group calls for investigation into "hurtful & disturbing situation"

SNAP: “Discipline church officials who participated in this callous effort”

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NJ- Victims urge Catholics to donate MORE but not to church

For immediate release: Sunday, March 2, 2014

Statement by Mark Crawford, New Jersey director of SNAP(732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

Outraged at their archbishop, many Newark Catholics apparently are withholding their donations.

We are grateful that so many parishioners want to show their disapproval of Archbishop John Myers for his financial and sexual abuse scandals.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/archbishops_pricey_retirement_home_spurs_backlash_as_parishioners_withhold_donations.html   

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