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NY- Controversial Cardinal's appearance is cancelled; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 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)

After criticism from outraged victims and concerned Catholics, Cardinal Edward Egan will NOT appear at an upcoming event at Manhattan's St. Ignatius parish.

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PA- Priest with abuse allegations promoted, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 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 Catholic priest who has been accused of molesting boys in Pennsylvania has been promoted to two higher positions with the church in Paraguay. We are extremely disturbed by this. 

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MO- Will KC Catholic diocese declare bankruptcy? SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 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) 

Some KC Catholics fear Bishop Robert Finn will soon seek bankruptcy protection for the diocese. We think he will and we predicted it a year ago: 

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KY- Controversial cardinal to speak at event

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 2014 

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

Controversial cardinal to speak at event

He's accused of covering up child sex crimes

Victims feel his visit to KY "sends the wrong message"

"It encourages future cover ups & hurts victims," they say

SNAP to Lexington diocese: “Tell your complicit prelate to stay home

A controversial church official will address a Catholic event in Kentucky later this month and a support group for clergy sex abuse victims wants him to be disinvited.

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Rome- SNAP 20 steps for Pope Francis

For immediate release: Thursday, March 13, 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)

What a sad irony: Today is the international Rights of the Child Day and the anniversary of a pope who has done literally nothing to safeguard even one child. 

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MN- Archbishop's “first job,” SNAP says: “Stop record shredding”

For immediate release: Thursday, March 13, 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)

Now that Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is back on the job, he should immediately stop the destruction of church abuse records and fire – or at least publicly denounce - the staffer who recently admitted doing it or others who have done likewise.

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PA- SNAP responds to accused priest's mistrial

For immediate release: Thursday, March 13, 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 Philly prosecutors for pledging to re-try Fr. Andrew McCormick on child sex abuse charges. We're saddened but not surprised by the mistrial, because predator priests are often shrewd and well-educated and get top notch defense lawyers, while their victims, traumatized as kids, don't often have perfect recall or make the absolute most convincing witnesses.

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CA- Controversial Catholic Cardinal comes to LA; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 12, 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 controversial Catholic official who once compared media coverage of clergy sex scandals to “Stalin and Hitler” will speak today in Los Angeles at a Catholic Religious Education Congress. 

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GA- Karate teacher accused of abusing kids

For immediate release: Saturday, March 8, 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)

Our hearts ache for the men who were severely and repeatedly abused as children by a south Georgian man, Craig Peeples of Pak's Karate. 

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PA- Victims blast Dottie Sandusky's remarks

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 12, 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)

We hope more rational relatives of Sandusky will persuade Mrs. Sandusky to stop making public statements that will not help her husband and will only further hurt others. 

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Rome- Crucial records posted on Pope's abuse record; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 12, 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 most important documents in years about the Catholic abuse and cover up crisis have just been disclosed and they are chilling. They reveal how clergy sex crimes have been dealt with in Argentina when Pope Francis was a high ranking – sometimes the highest ranking – Catholic official there. 

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NY- Two more groups want Cardinal uninvited

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Two more groups want Cardinal disinvited

Controversial prelate to preside at special mass

Concerned Catholics feel that "sends the wrong message" 

"It encourages future cover ups & hurts victims," they say

Two more organizations are urging New York Archbishop Tim Dolan to stop his predecessor from presiding this weekend at a special mass featuring children's choirs.

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