Media Statements

Ireland- Two nun orders refuse to pay victims of the Magdalene laundries crisis, victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 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)

Two of the four orders of nuns who ran the Magdalene laundries have refused to contribute to the financial redress for the victims. We are disappointed by this report.

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TX- Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds

For immediate release: March 10, 2014

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 one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis' new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.

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Mexico- Complicit Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds

For immediate release: March 10, 2014

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)

Mexico City’s corrupt Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera is one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis' new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.

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Aussie- Victims blast Cardinal Pell's comments as “disingenuous”

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 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 a savvy public relations move before he testifies to a government panel, Cardinal George Pell now conveniently claims he's OK with Catholic officials being sued when they ignore or conceal clergy sex crimes. He's being disingenuous.

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NY- Cardinal Dolan feels church is “picked on”; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 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) 

On Meet the Press today, Cardinal Tim Dolan shamelessly whined that Catholics “are being picked on” about child sex crimes, trying to pretend that somehow, the church's largely corrupt hierarchy is the real victim in the on-going, horrific Catholic clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis. Shame on him.

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NY- Camp Counter-Sues Parents of Molested Child for Defamation

For immediate release: Monday, March 10, 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 World of Discovery Day Camp employee was found guilty of sexually molesting a 12-year old boy. But camp officials are now suing the parents of the victimized boy for defamation.

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MO- Former principle charged with sexual abuse

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 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 former principal of a Collinsville Christian Academy has been charged with attempted sexual assault.  We want school officials to aggressively reach out to any other victims.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-principal-at-collinsville-christian-academy-charged-with-sexual-abuse/article_d7a834a1-d82e-5b86-b90c-cccc9b75a485.html  

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NC- Pastor accused of sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 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 North Carolina pastor, who was working in South Carolina, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is already listed on the sexual offender registry in North Carolina. We are disturbed that a registered sex offender was allowed to work as the pastor of a church. 

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NY- Charges dropped vs. clergy sex whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 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 thrilled but not surprised at a Brooklyn prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a whistleblower in a clergy sex abuse case.

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Canada- Victims blast Catholic officials' apology

For immediate release: Friday, March 07, 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)

Church abuse apologies are virtually meaningless. Whether long or short, clear or vague, prompt or delayed, they don't protect a single child, expose a single predator or uncover a single cover up.

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LA- Victims seek bishop's help

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims seek bishop's help

Predator priest was sued twice for abuse 

He allegedly sexually assaulted two kids in Louisiana 

Group wants Catholic officials to reach out to victims

“Prelates should warn unsuspecting families about him,” SNAP says

A now retired priest was sued twice for molesting kids in Louisiana was “outed” in Florida last week. 

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NY- Female Catholic teacher rapes boy; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 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) 

A female Catholic school religion teacher in the New York Archdiocese has pled guilty to raping a boy. Now, archdiocesan staff, under Cardinal Tim Dolan, must launch an aggressive public drive to find others who may have seen, suspected or suffered her crimes. And authorities must treat this criminal just like a male sex offender, with no special treatment. 

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