Media Statements

IL--Springfield bishop pays predator priest's lawyer

For immediate release: Monday, May 4

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

Springfield’s Catholic bishop is using church funds to pay the legal fees for a credibly accused and permanently removed predator priest.

http://www.effinghamdailynews.com/news/local_news/bishop-permanently-removes-area-priest-as-pastor/article_589a38cc-f1d0-11e4-a281-2bf57adbaba7.html

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MO--Victims want KC priest disciplined for defending Finn

For immediate release: Monday, May 4

Statement by David Tate of Kansas City, leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (davidtate27@gmail.com)

In a stunningly callous letter to his parishioners, a Kansas City pastor is misleading Catholics, re-victimizing adults and endangering kids by deceptively defending a convicted bishop and attacking the motives of those who feel betrayed by him.

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IL--Priest exploits woman; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Sunday, May 3

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

A Chicago priest has been suspended for allegedly sexually exploiting an adult woman. We call on Catholic officials to provide more details about these accusations and to prod others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his misdeeds to come forward.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-father-brendan-curran-met-20150503-story.html

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NY--Dolan quietly removes abusive priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Sunday, May 3

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

Trying to avoid bad publicity, NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan has quietly suspended a priest accused of abusing a teenaged parishioner and giving him money to buy drugs.

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150502/NEWS/150509868/101008

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KY-- Nun, priest & archdiocese named in abuse case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, May 1

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

A new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against a priest, a nun and the Louisville archdiocese.

http://www.wchstv.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.ky/323cd09d-wchstv.com.shtml#.VUPXWSFVhBd

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FL--Orthodox educator is sentenced

For immediate release: Friday, May 1, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), SNAP Orthodox Director (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

An Orthodox educator from Florida was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison as the result of a plea deal. The sentence will be followed by ten years’ probation and life time registry as a sex offender.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/judge-sentences-ex-principal-to-10-years-for-sex-assault/2227724   

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AR--Arkansas clergy sexual exploitation suit filed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 29

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)

A civil lawsuit has been filed against a Little Rock minister accusing him of sexually exploiting an adult congregant. We applaud this brave woman and are confident that her speaking out will prod others who were hurt by this minister to step forward and get help.

https://www.facebook.com/arbourlaw?fref=ts

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MT--Next step in MT clergy sex scandal-"real outreach"

Statement by SNAP leader Jeb Barrett of Denver (abused in Montana) 720-608-8532, snapdenver@comcast.net

Now that Montana citizens and Catholics know the names of child molesting Catholic clerics, real outreach should begin.

We beg every adult who cares about kids to circulate this list far and wide. Adults should ask their loved ones “Did any one of these priests or nuns ever hurt you?” If so, victims should be warmly supported and gently urged to call law enforcement.

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CA--More LA clergy sex abuse/cover-up files to be released tonight

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director, jcasteix@gmail.com(949) 322-7434

While we are pleased and relieved that the last of the clergy sex abuse and cover-up documents from Los Angeles will finally be publicly released tonight, we cannot help but help but believe that—in this case—justice delayed may be justice denied.

 

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PA--Two Philly clergy sex cases settle; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 29

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)

Child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits have settled involving two Philly priests. The question now is: What will Archbishop Charles Chaput and his top aides to do warn parishioners, parents and the public about them?

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PA- Victims say “Send Msgr. Lynn back to prison”

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@snapnetwork.org)

 

We believe Msgr. William Lynn should go back to prison because it’s just and the best way to deter others who may conceal.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150430_Freedom_or_jail_for_Msgr__William_J__Lynn__Arguments_Thursday.html

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MN--Parents, police, parishioners and the public deserve to know

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)
As part of a settlement in a Twin Cities clergy sex abuse lawsuit, a Minnesota abbey will release the files of a “credibly accused” abusive Catholic cleric who worked in Duluth.
He is Fr. Angelo Zankl. He also spent time at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville MN.
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