MO- Victims blast Catholic officials over new ruling

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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)

An appeals court says a clergy sex abuse and cover up suit against a Kansas City Catholic bishop and priest must be tossed out because the alleged crimes did not happen directly on church property.

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4616191/missouri-appeals-court-affirms.html

Congratulations again to Bishop Robert Finn for successfully finding and using another legal loophole to keep the cover ups of Fr. Michael Tierney's crimes covered up.

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SD - Law enforcement opens probe into SD predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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)


We are grateful that South Dakota law enforcement officials are doing what Minnesota and South Dakota Catholic officials refuse to do – taking seriously the admitted child sex crimes of Fr. Clarence Vavra.

Today, Minnesota Public Radio reports that an investigation has been opened “into alleged sexual abuse of children by a Minnesota priest” who admitted molesting kids on a reservation in South Dakota.

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MO - While KC porn-hider sits with them, US bishops to opine on porn

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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)

While a bishop convicted of hiding child pornography sits among them, today America’s bishops voted to write a formal statement on pornography.

The child pornography - hundreds of photos - belonged to a Catholic priest. Many of the photos were of young girls from Catholic parishes and were taken by the priest.

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USA-Bishops to opine on porn while convicted porn-hider sits among them

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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)

While a bishop convicted of hiding child pornography sits among them, today America’s bishops voted to write a formal statement on pornography.

The child pornography - hundreds of photos - belonged to a Catholic priest. Many of the photos were of young girls from Catholic parishes and were taken by the priest.

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/06/3800269/bishop-finn-verdict-guilty.html

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ME - Clergy abuse case v. Maine diocese loses; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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)

A clergy sex abuse victim has lost his bid to expose Maine Catholic officials who have ignored and concealed the heinous crimes of a predator priest.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/12/news/augusta/supreme-court-rules-against-augusta-man-in-his-suit-against-diocese-over-priest-abuse/

Our hearts ache for William Picher. Despite his betrayal – first, by a predator priest and later, by that priest’s complicit colleagues – Picher is being denied a right guaranteed to most crime victims: his day in court.

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AK - Victims challenge Juneau bishop in his new national post

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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)

Juneau’s top Catholic official is the new head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Child and Youth Protection.”

http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/committee-chairmen-elections

We call on Bishop Edward Burns to take two immediate steps.

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PA - Philly archbishop loses his bid for higher office

For immediate: November 12, 2013

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

We are grateful that Archbishop Charles Chaput's bid for higher office has failed. He got just 20 out of 236 votes in his bid for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/usccb-elects-new-president-vice-president

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KY - Victims sad about Louisville Catholic archbishop's promotion

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

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

It’s disappointing that Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is the new president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. His predecessor, Cardinal Tim Dolan, did a terrible job. We don’t expect Kurtz to do any better.

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TX - Houston's top Catholic official wins national post

For immediate release: Nov. 12, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

Houston’s Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is the new vice-president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). We believe he’s a terrible choice.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-usa-religion-bishopsconference-idUKBRE9AB03W20131112

Regarding the safety of children, his record in Sioux City was abysmal. His record in Houston shows no improvement.

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NY - In reversal, Brooklyn DA pursues case vs. whistleblower

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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)

We are appalled that Charles Hynes and Michael Vecchione of the Brooklyn DA’s office are ignoring the recommendations of experienced prosecutors and inexplicably deciding to pursue a case against a brave whistleblower, Sam Kellner.

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york-news/chasidic-whistleblower-case-suffers-setback

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Vatican - Date set for Catholic officials to appear in Geneva

They will face questions from United Nations panel

But church hierarchy has missed Nov. 1st deadline

They were to answer questions about abuse crisis

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Contact: Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, +1 312 399 4747, snapblaine@gmail.com

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PA - Victims blast archbishop over latest priest case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Statement by Karen Polesir of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (267-992-9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

A Philly priest, Fr. John P. Paul, says he’s stepping down because of “stress” caused by reports that he molested two kids. And Philly Catholic officials now claim that that they’re investigating and that despite the two allegations, church officials “allowed (him) to remain at (a) parish with restrictions that prohibited him from having unsupervised contact with minors.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20131111_Pastor_resigns_following_sex-abuse_allegations.html#Eicfkr3IkXl3aV7b.99

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Priest_resigns_amid_abuse_investigation.html

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