Media Statements

NJ -- Victims blast Newark Catholic officials

For immediate release: Saturday, March 21

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

As they have done hundreds of times, Catholic officials have again exploited legal loopholes to evade responsibility for sexually violating teenagers. Shame on former Paramus Catholic High School staffers Artur Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski, for both sexually exploiting teenagers they were obligated to protect and using technicalities to get themselves off the hook. 

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MO -- Victims praise ruling vs. Chaminade in child sex case

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 25

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 grateful that a judge is letting a child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit proceed against the Marianists, a St. Louis-based Catholic religious order that runs three local schools (Chaminade and Vianney in the county and St. Mary’s in the city).

The case involves Brother Louis J. Meinhardt who was at Chaminade for 30 years. He was publicly exposed as a child molesting cleric for the first time in 2012 and faces at least 15 accusers.

 

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TX--Victims’ group disappointed that Orthodox bishops are still considering controversial episcopal candidate

For immediate release:  Monday, March 23, 2015

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

At their recent meeting in Syosset, New York, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) delayed a final decision on the election of Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel as the new bishop for the Diocese of the South (DOS).

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2   

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AK--Bulgarian priest defrocked

For immediate release: Monday, March 23, 2015

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

The Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia (BOD) announced on its website on Saturday, March 21st that Archpriest Paisius DeLucia would be defrocked.

http://bulgariandiocese.org/

http://www.bulgariandiocese.org/files/Spiritual-Court/21Mar-Decision.pdf    

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Canada, NY--Victims’ group outraged that synod again delays defrocking convicted archbishop

For immediate release:  Monday, March 23, 2015

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

At their recent meeting in Syosset, New York, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) again delayed defrocking Canadian Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2   

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GA--New abuse suit filed vs. Catholic predator

For immediate release: Friday, March 20

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

A new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against the Savannah Catholic diocese. It charges that a notorious serial predator – Fr. Wayland Brown – repeatedly assaulted a 13 year old boy in 1987-88 at St. James Catholic School in Savannah. The victim is represented by Savannah attorney Mark Tate, marktate@tatelawgroup.com, 912-484-1762   

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Scotland--Scottish Cardinal resigns

For immediate release: Friday, March 20

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

Two full years after he admitted sexual misconduct, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned. But as it has done with dozens of abusive prelates, the Vatican is disclosing nothing about O’Brien’s wrongdoing.   

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NY--Victims applaud Monica Lewinsky speaking up

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19

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

Monica Lewinsky is increasingly discussing the shaming of victims of sexual exploitation, according to a new, long story in the New York Times. We’re grateful to her for her courage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/style/monica-lewinsky-is-back-but-this-time-its-on-her-terms.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news    

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CHILE- Victims blast cowardly Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

In a cowardly move that shows how little Pope Francis is doing to protect kids, Chile’s Catholic bishops are rallying around a complicit colleague. Shame on them for backing Bishop Juan Barros.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/03/19/chiles-bishops-back-prelate-linked-to-notorious-abuser-priest/

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CHILE- SNAP praises protesters in Chile

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

 

We in SNAP are deeply grateful for every person who is joining us in opposing Bishop Juan Barros' promotion to head the Diocese of Osorno in southern Chile - victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, politicians and Catholics. Barros faces “allegations that he helped cover up – and at times participated in – abuse against minors by his longtime mentor, a priest called Fernando Karadima.” (The Guardian)

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FL--Victims urge others hurt by doctor to come forward

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19

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

A Delray Beach doctor who faces both criminal and civil cases accusing him of molesting patients also worked in the Tampa/St. Pete area.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/delray-beach/fl-delray-beach-doctor-molestation-20150318-story.html   

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Canada--Archbishop is “deceiving flock” group says

 For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006 cell, cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Archbishop is “deceiving flock” group says

He’s been ousted and convicted of child sex crimes

Yet he’s started deceptive new website hiding those facts

SNAP: “Church officials should denounce him and warn congregants”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Canadian Orthodox Church officials to order an archbishop who was convicted of child sex crimes to take down a deceptive new website. They are also begging them to publicly denounce the predator and warn their flocks about him.   

 

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