Media Statements

TX-- Victims want Houston’s Cardinal to do more on abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director (281 748 4050watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

Houston’s top Catholic official says that some of his colleagues around the world apparently minimize the problem of predator priests and believe it’s “not a universal problem,” according to an interview he gave to a Catholic news source.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/02/14/us-cardinal-voices-doubts-on-vatican-reform-communion-for-divorced/   

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Rome--Papal abuse point man is deceitful

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

It’s wrong and deceptive for Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s to claim that there’s a "perception of a lack of accountability” on the part of church officials. There is indeed no accountability. It’s not a perception problem. It’s a reality.

And it’s a continuing reality.  It’s wrong for O’Malley to speak strictly in the past tense when these crimes and cover ups are happening right now.    

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-francis-sex-abuse-point-man-urges-bishop-accountability-article-1.2117759

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FL--Victims prod bishop to act re soon-to-be-freed predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

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

For the safety of children, Tampa’s Catholic bishop must take action now about Fr. Robert Schaeufele, a just-freed serial predator priest.

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-south-pinellas/pinellas-park/former-priest-convicted-of-sexually-abusing-kids-get-out-of-prison

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/romano-impending-freedom-for-priest-in-abuse-scandal-stuns-victims/2216431    

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CA--Victims abhor California prison deaths

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

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

It’s disturbing to read that more sex offenders are killed in California prisons. Violence and vigilantism are always wrong. No one should ever take justice into his or her own hands.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRISON_HOMICIDES_SEX_OFFENDERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-02-16-10-58-04    

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IL--Group praises victims of Chicago Imam

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

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)

Our hearts go out to the four extraordinarily brave women who report having been molested and assaulted by the powerful Muslim cleric Mohammad Abdullah Saleem.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/us/sexual-assault-suit-against-illinois-imam-highlights-a-communitys-divisions.html?src=twr&_r=0&gwh=C87A0FDD0E1314A7A3214A1A9589D56A&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now   

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SPAIN- Most Spanish abuse charges dropped, Victims respond

For immediate release Monday January 16, 2015

Statement by Miguel Hurtado Calvo of London (UK), Spokesperson of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+44 (0)7 787 63 82 45 Michael.uk.1982@gmail.com)

It’s heartbreaking that nearly all of the criminal charges against a dozen suspects in a Spanish clergy sex abuse and cover up case have been dropped.

The ten priests and two laymen who allegedly committed or concealed heinous child sex crimes must still be regarded as dangerous. We feel deeply sad for the courageous victims who reported these crimes to law enforcement. They will no doubt feel devastated by this tragic news.

https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/spanish-court-drops-charges-against-11-suspects-priest-145127015.html

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PA--Victims blast Archbishop for “continued secrecy”

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 16

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com

Could Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput possibly be more vague about the latest priest he’s suspended?

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20150216_Phila__Archdiocese_puts_priest_on_administrative_leave.html

http://archphila.org/press%20releases/pr002509.php   

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Rome--More diversity in church hierarchy may endanger kids

For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 14

Statement by Mary Caplan of New York City, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan682@aol.com)

On Sunday, the hierarchy of the Catholic church becomes more inclusive than ever as prelates are promoted from several new nations. For the safety of kids, this could be problematic.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/02/13/pope-francis-is-poised-to-change-catholicism-forever/   

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WV--Victims praise police in prostitution sting

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 13

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 )

There’s an important lesson in the Charleston prostitution arrests: no person’s title, role or job description automatically guarantees that he or she is above reproach or the law. Anyone -  priest, minister, politician, or educator – can be guilty of sex offenses.

http://wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/Suspects-In-Prostitution-Sting-Include-Superintendent-Minister-78236.shtml#.VN5i1vnF_Mi  

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NM--Victims blast NM bishop for delays and omissions

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 13

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

When it comes to kids’ safety, there’s no excuse for incomplete or inaccurate information, especially when the potential threat involves alleged clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

 

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Rome--In 2 sentences, here’s why SNAP is so skeptical

For immediate release:  Friday, Feb. 13

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414 429 7259, peterisely@yahoo.com)

Last week, Boston Cardinal O’Malley said the church needs new guidelines to discipline bishops who conceal abuse. He told journalists in Rome “When you don’t have a clear path to respond in cases of sexual abuse, people tend to improvise. And when they improvise, they make many mistakes.”   

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SC--Victims hope SC predator's death will bring healing

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 13

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

A Baptist preacher who was accused of molesting kids and ran a controversial South Carolina childrens' home has passed away.

Mack Ford opened and operated childrens homes in Louisiana and in Waltersboro, SC. He allegedly assaulted girls in Louisiana.   

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