OR- Lawyer for abuse victims passes away

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)

Kelly Clark was among the most compassionate men I've ever met and one of the most effective advocates for abuse victims. Kelly always saw the big picture and put the needs of his clients - both short term and long term - ahead of every other consideration.

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WI victims blast new MI bishop on abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday December 17, 2013

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP Midwest Director, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259peterisely@yahoo.com)

For at least three reasons, we believe that Fr. Doerfler should never have been promoted.

--In a March 2011 deposition in the case of serial Green Bay child molester Fr. Patrick Feeney, Doerfler, then chancellor and vicar general of the diocese, admitted under oath that in 2007 he deliberately and systematically destroyed nearly all records and documentation in church files of Green Bay clergy reported to the diocese to have sexually assaulted children.  The shredding took place just after the Wisconsin State Supreme Court ruled that victims of childhood sexual abuse could file fraud suits against Catholic dioceses in the state for covering up for sexually abusive clerics like Feeney. 

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MN archbishop is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

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 Twin Cities archbishop is now accused of abuse.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/12/17/archbishop-to-step-aside-amid-sexual-abuse-allegation/

Archbishop Nienstedt is right to step aside.  We hope police and prosecutors investigate this thoroughly and promptly. We also hope that anyone else who might be able to shed light on this allegation will quickly step forward, contacting secular authorities, not church authorities.

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MI - Controversial priest selected as a Michigan bishop; 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)

Father John Doerfler of the Diocese of Green Bay is the new bishop of Marquette, Michigan. We are disappointed with this promotion.

Doerfler has been a high ranking official in that diocese for some time. It’s a diocese with a terrible track record on clergy sex abuse and cover up cases.

We believe that Fr. Doerfler is also associated with a controversial Catholic group called Courage:

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MN - Winona bishop to release predator names; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday December 16, 2013

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

Because he's being forced to do so by a judge and a determined victim, Winona’s Catholic bishop will release a list of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests soon. That's just the beginning.

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/winona-diocese-plans-to-release-priest-list-this-morning/article_96715cf8-90a3-5fbb-89bd-0862ee794049.html

Winona Catholic officials must now go further. The bishop should

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Vatican - Legion of Christ Looking for a new head

For immediate release: Friday, December 16, 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)

Any real hope of reform in the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ seems very unlikely now. High ranking officials in this Catholic order reportedly still hold their criminal founder in high regard and are resisting substantial change, the Associated Press reports.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/13/pope-must-decide-what-to-do-with-disgraced-legion-as-it-moves-to-elect-new/

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PA - Accused Philly priests’ fates may be announced soon??

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

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

Two credible and knowledgeable Philadelphia Catholics – including noted blogger Susan Matthews - report that they’ve heard rumors that Archbishop Charles Chaput may disclose this weekend the fates of some alleged predator priests by making announcements at some parishes. WE DO NOT KNOW IF THIS IS ACCURATE OR NOT.

It’s about time. Victims, their families and Philly Catholics have waited far too long for some clarity from church officials about these accused child molesters. Whenever Chaput makes this announcement, we suspect he won’t be completely forthcoming about key details.

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IL - Chicago teacher allegedly fired for reporting abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, December 13, 2013

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

We applaud the South Side teacher who reported a case of sexual assault involving  Hales Franciscan High School students by contacting the Department of Children and Family Services.

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TX - Victims “not optimistic” about new TX bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, December 12, 2013

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

The Vatican has named Msgr. Michael J. Sis, 53, vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as bishop of San Angelo, Texas.

We wish Bishop Sis well. But we are not optimistic about his promotion. As Austin’s vicar general, we strongly suspect he helped conceal clergy sex crimes, as most Catholic vicar generals do.

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TX - Six pedophile priest victims settle; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Six clergy sex abuse victims have settled their civil cases against the Beaumont Catholic diocese.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Diocese-of-Beaumont-settles-sex-abuse-suit-5058195.php

We hope this settlement comforts at least some of the many families who have suffered and are suffering because Catholic officials kept Fr. Ronald Bollich on the job knowing he had molested young boys.

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MS - New Jackson Catholic Bishop Named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

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

We are not encouraged by the appointment of Jackson’s new Catholic bishop. We know little about Joseph R. Kopacz. But he has been named as a defendant in clergy sex abuse suits or been accused of concealing those crimes (see case involving Father Albert M. Liberatore Jr., Father Carlos Urrutigoity, and Father Eric Ensey at BishopAccountability.org)

Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops have won two key battles in courts and the legislature that make it very hard for clergy sex abuse victims to seek justice. So it’s hard to find out what roles men like Kopacz have played in clergy sex cases. We hope he hasn’t protected predators and endangered kids. But we’re not optimistic.

The minute he takes over in Jackson, we urge Bishop-elect Kopacz to immediately confirm the whereabouts of two Jackson child molesting clerics and warn Catholics and citizens in two places about them:

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IL - Chicago archdiocese sex abuse suit; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 

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

We applaud Darryl McArthur for seeking justice against the Chicago archdiocese for its reckless and callous misdeeds with Fr. Daniel McCormack, a credibly accused predator priest who was promoted and kept on the job despite repeated "warning signs."

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