Media Statements

Rome--Yet another church abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10

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

At best, most church abuse panels have been ineffective distractions. At worst, they’ve been manipulative public relations moves We suspect this new one won’t make a difference either.   

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OH--Cleveland diocese ignores parishioners’ wishes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10

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

In a troubling child porn case, Cleveland Catholic officials are writing to distraught parishioners but refusing to take their concerns seriously or address them openly.

Last week, we asked Bishop Richard Lennon to visit St. Barnabas parish. We asked him to discipline its pastor, Fr. Ralph Wiatrowski. We asked him to educate his flock about how to respond – with openness and compassion – in child sex cases.

http://fox8.com/2015/06/04/group-wants-northfield-priest-disciplined-for-support-of-ex-school-board-president-convicted-of-child-porn/

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MN--SNAP: Duluth bishop involved in disturbing St. Paul case

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 9

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218-340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

On Friday, the St. Paul archdiocese was charged with six offenses. They stem from accusations that top church officials ignored or hid suspicions and actual reports of sexual misdeeds by a now-convicted predator priest.

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PA--Another lawsuit vs. Penn State SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, June 8

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

We applaud James Vivenzio for exposing dangerous hazing at Penn State.

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/08/whistleblower-penn-state-ignored-frat-abuse-complaints/

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NC--Victims seek help from NC group

For immediate release: Monday, June 8

For more information: Amy Smith 281-748-4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims seek help from NC group

It funded and sent missionary abroad

He was fired after admitting child pornography

Self-help organization now wants “outreach” to “others who may be hurting

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IL--Prominent author, expert & ex-priest passes

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

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

We extend our deepest sympathies to the dozens of relatives, hundreds of friends and thousands of admirers of Eugene Kennedy, who has passed away at the age of 86. Most knew him for his towering intellect, compelling speeches and gripping writing. We knew him for his generous and kind heart.  

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MN--“Take Catholic officials’ passports”

Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth, Twin Cities SNAP leader, 952-334-5180

We’re glad the Ramsey County Attorney can no longer ignore the large amount of data that has been made available from victims, survivors, and Ms. Jennifer Haselberger, a former archdiocesan employee. It shows the blatant, repeated cover up of crimes by archdiocesan officials, way beyond just the Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer case.    

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MO--Carlson's home diocese is criminally charged with abuse cover up

For immediate release Friday, June 5 

Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director of SNAP, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, 314-503-0003

In a rare move, the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese – where St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson spent 50 years - is being criminally charged with “a disturbing institutional and systemic pattern of behavior committed by the highest levels of leadership over the course of decades,” according to a prosecutor.  

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MN--Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese is charged; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

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

We’re glad the Twin Cities archdiocese is being charged. But the credit goes to brave Minnesota victims who have stepped forward and exposed wrongdoing. Their civil lawsuits, police reports and courage has made this happen.

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MN--Bishop holds town hall meeting

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

We're glad Bishop Paul Sirba met with one parish about Fr. Brian Lederer.

http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/bishop-leads-q-a-session-on-charged-priest/article_0d588b9e-0b29-11e5-bd32-97b96d2746ff.html   

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DC--Hastert victim’s family speaks

For immediate release: Friday, June 5

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

“When you defend a predator, your words hurt.” That’s the lesson many should learn from the pain of the Reinboldt family.

Our hearts ache for the Reinboldt family, whose brother Steve was sexually abused as a youngster by Dennis Hastert.  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/exclusive-alleged-dennis-hastert-sex-abuse-victim-named/story?id=31530828  

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NC--Convicted predator priest appeals again; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3

Statement by Susan Vance of Knoxville, Eastern TN SNAP leader (865-927-2923, 865-748-3518 cell, vancefamily1@comcast.net)

McDowell County, N.C., during a Monday morning appearance in General Sessions Court, according to Greene County Circuit Court Clerk Gail Davis Jeffers.

On Monday evening, Capt. Victor Hollifield, of the McDowell County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department said by telephone from Marion, N.C.

We're sad that an admitted predator priest is rubbing salt into the wounds of his victims by making yet another desperate legal move to escape responsibility for his heinous crimes by exploiting legal technicalities.

http://m.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/former-priest-convicted-of-rape-is-seeking-post-conviction-relief/article_d08a027a-8e7d-5bfd-ae27-f6f71ecd553c.html?mode=jqm

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