NE - 2 predator priests should be criminally charged, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 22, 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)

Two Nebraska predator priests have been disciplined by the Vatican.

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Church-Investigation-Finds-Priests-Guilty-Of-Sexually-Abusing-Minors-233026241.html?ref=241

We strongly urge Archbishop George Lucas to submit the evidence used in the church investigation to secular authorities so that  Fr. Alfred Salanitro and Fr. Franklin Dvorak might be criminally charged, convicted and kept away from kids, instead of just being  removed from ministry. 

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MO - Criminal charges v. priest tossed out but civil case v. him proceeds

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 22, 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 very upset that judge has ended the criminal case against an accused predator priest who has close ties to Archbishop Robert Carlson. Our hearts ache for this courageous victim and her parents who have done their moral and civic duty by helping law enforcement pursue a manipulative child molester.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/criminal-charges-dropped-against-st-louis-priest/article_457a2e67-b367-5432-9bf2-dd9295ed7f03.html

There’s something wrong in our justice system when a prosecutor has a prompt abuse report and solid evidence – emails, a $20,000 check, a phone message, a witness - yet a judge tosses out the charges.

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ME - Just-suspended priest worked in Maine

He allegedly shared porn with children

Wisconsin police are investigating the case

And Catholic officials say it could be a felony

Victims group calls for outreach to “victims, witnesses & whistleblowers”

For immediate release: Thursday Nov 21, 2013

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

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IL - Springfield bishop both likes and shuns limelight, SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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)

Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki often seeks the media limelight to trumpet his views loudly (like with today’s exorcism). But he still quietly sits on child sex abuse allegations for weeks.

In September, Paprocki let a priest who’s accused of child sex crimes temporarily resign, instead of suspending him. Before that, however, Paprocki kept the allegations secret for weeks, giving the accused predator plenty of time to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, fabricate alibis and even flee the country. 

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MN- Another priest faces criminal charges

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013

Statement by Minnesota SNAP leader Megan Peterson (218-689-9049, Survivor19@live.com)

We are glad Father Mark Huberty faces criminal charges for sexually exploiting a parishioner. It’s virtually always hurtful – and often illegal – for clerics to have any sexual contact with a congregant.

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TX - New Ft. Worth bishop named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

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


Msgr. Michael F. Olson has been named the bishop of the Ft. Worth Catholic diocese.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/11/19/5350106/pope-names-new-bishop-for-fort.html

We are glad every time a newly named bishop comes from outside a chancery office. Olson is no “outsider.” But we are encouraged because his last position wasn’t inside a diocesan headquarters.

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MN - Victims applaud suit vs. Catholic center

For immediate release: Tuesday November 19, 2013
 
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

 
An unusual new clergy child sex abuse and cover up suit charges that a Catholic facility is negligent for enabling predator priests to be put back on the job, sometimes even after the clerics admit to sexually assaulting kids. We applaud this novel approach. Kids are safer when all institutions the protect pedophiles are held responsible, not just the sex offenders’ direct supervisors.
 
http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1674/Media-Advisory-Saint-Luke-Institute-Father-Francis-Hoefgen-Named-in-Sexual-Abuse-Lawsuit-.aspx
 
This is the second time in a week that a Twin Cities area predator priest who admitted molesting kids and was put back on the job is in the news. (The other: Fr. Clarence Vavra)

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CA - Victims want bishop to admit few allegations are false

For immediate release: Tuesday November 19, 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 worried that some victims of child sex crimes will be even more afraid to report predators in light of the damage award in the recent case involving a Catholic school teacher.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Jury-Girls-Parents-Liable-For-Calling-Catholic-Teacher-as-Perv-232338691.html

It's extremely tough for men, women and kids who were sexually assaulted as children to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing. Most victims never tell of the horror they endured. So most predators are never charged, convicted or jailed. And so the horrific cycle of violence and pain continues, and millions of children's lives are shattered every year.

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OK - Alleged predator priest who lived in OK gets “off the hook"

Two local Catholic bishops should do “outreach,” victims say

Accused in two states, they fear he may have hurt OK kids too

A jury awarded one of his victims $4 million but cleric has paid little

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

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

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NC - Alleged predator priest, now in NC, gets “off the hook"

Local Catholic bishops should do “outreach,” victims say

Accused in 2 states, they fear he may have hurt kids here too

A jury awarded one of his victims $4 million but cleric has paid little

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

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

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MO - Victims applaud judge's ruling on disclosure

For immediate release, Friday November 15, 2013

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

We are grateful that today, Judge Dierker is largely standing by his earlier ruling and is insisting that archdiocesan officials turn over records about child molesting priests, nuns, deacons, teachers, brothers and other church employees.

Our understanding is that Archbishop Robert Carlson has 30 days to comply with the judge's order.

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IL - Chicago Jesuit is accused of molesting in Michigan

For immediate release, Friday November 15, 2013

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

The Chicago Jesuit hierarchy is handling the new case of credible child sex abuse allegations against a priest who molested a Michigan boy.

http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=971914#.UoZV3PmUSn9

The Marquette Michigan diocese says it has received and deemed credible an accusation that Father Bernard (“Fr. Ben”) Van der molested a boy in 1989 while substituting for a vacationing Marquette priest.

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