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MN- Victims challenge Twin Cities bishops

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

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

Victims challenge Twin Cities bishops 

They ousted predator priest 7-11 weeks ago

Despite promising “openness,” they told no one

He was publicly exposed yesterday for first time 

And he still lives - apparently unsupervised – in the Twin Cities

Self help group blasts “continuing reckless & secrecy” of two bishops

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PA- New Penn State president wants to go slow on Paterno; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 17, 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

It's politically smart for the new Penn State university president to beg for patience in dealing with the legacy of Joe Paterno.

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NJ- Another Catholic bishop spends a fortune on his home

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 17

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

Shame on Archbishop John Myers. Despite claims that he's imitating Christ, Myers is spending an exorbitant amount for his own comfort, status and worldly prestige.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/newark_archbishops_future_retirement_home_valued_at_800g_undergoing_a_500g_addition.html

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SD- SNAP urges lawmakers to reject SB 130

For immediate release: Monday, February 17, 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 South Dakota legislative panel will vote tomorrow on a measure that moves the state backwards and endangers kids.

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MN- Releasing predators' names is not enough, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 17, 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)

Recalcitrant Twin Cities church officials have been forced to finally make nine more predators' names public by a safety-conscious judge and victim. But Catholic officials must go further. They have shielded these predators for years. Now they must warn citizens and Catholics about them, not just in Minnesota but in every state they worked. 

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Poland- Priest arrested for sex crimes, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, February 17, 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 priest in Poland has been arrested for sexually abusing children in the Caribbean. 

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OH- Victim of Fr. Robert Poandl speaks out

Presented by David Harper to the United States District Court, 

Southern District of Ohio, 

February 12, 2014

Victim Impact Statement

I cannot possibly convey the swath of destruction that lay in Robert Poandl’s wake.  We all create ripple effects in the universe around us. These ripple effects can be negative, positive or something in between. I have no doubt Robert helped many people and did many good works, making positive ripple effects. His family and friends are convinced of his innocence which both he and I know is amazing. It attests to the power of faith and love. How anyone could sit through his trial and not be convinced of his guilt is remarkable; Robert certainly did not react when a jury of his peers found him guilty. 

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MO- Whistleblowers ask Pope to discipline Bishop Finn

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 15, 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)

A Catholic priest, nun and parishioners have filed formal charges with the church headquarters in Rome against Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn for his illegal and hurtful recklessness, callousness and deceit in the horrific case of a serial predator priest.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/us/pope-pressed-on-bishop-who-supervised-pedophile.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140214&tntemail0=y 

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MN- Archbishop reverses himself & tries again to block disclosures

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 14, 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)

St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt is inflicting emotional whiplash on abuse victims and concerned Catholics.

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IL- Lawsuit alleges negligence by church officials, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 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)

Two lawsuits against a church volunteer for child sexual abuse also claim that officials at Willow Creek Community Church were negligent. 

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MO- Catholic officials lose 2 court rulings

For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 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)

Over the past two weeks, St. Louis Catholic officials have lost important court rulings in two similar but unrelated wrongful death lawsuits stemming from alleged clergy sex crimes.

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SC- Bob Jones victims should call police, group says

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are glad talks are resuming between Bob Jones University officials and GRACE, the non-profit that is looking at sex crimes at the school. 

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