GA - Priest who worked in Atlanta area is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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)

Catholic officials in Baltimore and Springfield MA are disclosing credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Michael Kolodziej who belongs to a religious order called the Franciscans and who worked at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, GA from 2010 until his recent suspension.

http://www.iobserve.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=2936&cntnt01origid=57&cntnt01returnid=58

We urge Archbishop Wilton Gregory to post notices about Fr. Michael Kolodziej read at all Atlanta archdiocesan parishes. 

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MA - Priest who worked in Springfield is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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)

We are grateful that Springfield Catholic officials are disclosing credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Michael Kolodziej who belongs to a religious order called the Franciscans and who worked in Chicopee.

Far too often, bishops let religious order clerics into their dioceses but suddenly pretend they have no responsibility for them when they assault kids.

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CO - Victims praise prosecutors in Boulder church abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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

We are deeply grateful to Boulder authorities for charging two church staff and two church officials with “duty to report child abuse.”

http://www.9news.com/news/article/363148/339/PD-Church-officials-delayed-reporting-sex-assault

http://www.dailycamera.com/longmont-news/ci_24466021/boulder-police-ticket-vinelife-church-officials-failing-report

All too often, church employees and members selfishly try to handle known or suspected child sex crimes privately. All too often, they foolishly put the reputation of their institution above the well-being of the innocent. 

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MN - Lutheran official says Catholic bishops misled him

Internal memo shows church dispute

Lutherans say they were “unaware” of costs

And they’re refusing to pay for expensive lobbying

Dispute stems from Catholic-led effort against child sex victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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

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MO - Carlson wants suit dropped; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday November 6, 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)

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson didn’t get what he wanted this morning – the immediate dismissal of perhaps the most serious clergy sex abuse and cover up suit the archdiocese has ever faced. It charges Fr. Joseph Jiang of molesting a girl as recently as 2012. And it charges Carlson with attempted witness tampering.

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2013/11/06/joseph-jiang-st-louis-archdiocese-lawsuit-dismissal/3455053/

We're grateful that the judge is taking this case under advisement. Carlson faces six charges in the suit. If even one of them is upheld, this brave family may get to expose the corruption and complicity of top Catholic officials in court. 

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MN - Catholic priest loses at MN Supreme Court; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

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

A law banning clergy from sexual contact with congregants has been upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. This is a victory for every man and woman who has been sexually exploited by priests, ministers, rabbis and other clerics.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_24466753/st-paul-priests-criminal-sex-conviction-upheld-high

We are grateful that Minnesota's highest court has upheld a law criminalizing the sexual exploitation of adults by clergy.

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MO - Victims challenge KC bishop on two priests

One was convicted of stealing from churches

The other was ousted from parish last Friday

Sex abuse victims want bishop to be more “open

Neither, as best SNAP can tell, faces child sex allegations

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

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

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MO - SNAP: Archbishop continues decades-long pattern of “legal dodging”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

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)

Today, Archbishop Robert Carlson is trying to have the most troubling child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit in the archdiocese’s history tossed out of court. Shame on him.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/St-Louis-archdiocese-seeks-abuse-suit-dismissal-4959412.php

The suit charges Carlson with attempted witness tampering. It involves Fr. Joseph Jiang’s alleged abuse of a girl that ended in the summer of 2012. Fr. Jiang reportedly left a $20,000 check for the victim’s parents after they learned and confronted him about his crimes.

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NY - New Catholic bishop for Rochester is “awful”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 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)

Vermont Catholic Bishop Salvatore Matano has been promoted to head the Rochester diocese. We’re disappointed that Pope Francis has promoted a bureaucrat with a terrible record on children’s safety.

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

In 2006, Matano’s diocese was one of just two in America to have been found in violation of the US bishops weak and vague national abuse policy because Matano refused to ensure that adequate abuse prevention training was provided to all his staff, as the policy requires.

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ID- priest ousted, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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)

An Idaho Catholic priest working in Missouri has been ousted from his parish. Neither bishops – one in Boise and one in Kansas City – are saying why.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/11/05/2852528/idaho-priest-removed-from-missouri.html

We’re disappointed that Catholic officials continue to treat their flock like children and withhold potentially helpful information about the misconduct of priests.

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Vatican - JPII "knew nothing" about high profile serial predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday November 5, 2013

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

A long time top Catholic official now says that Pope John Paul II knew “absolutely nothing” about multiple credible child sex abuse reports against Legion of Christ founder Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado.

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/john-pauls-secretary-says-it-was-mistake-meet-legionary-founder

We find this very hard to believe. And if it's true, we find this very troubling.

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NJ - Nothing changes today in Newark archdiocese

For immediate release: Tuesday November 5, 2013

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

Today and tomorrow, four cardinals, 40 bishops, and 250 priests will wine, dine and celebrate the promotion of one of their own as the newest monarch of the Newark Catholic Archdiocese.

And when it’s over, the on-going crisis of clergy child sex crimes being covered up by Newark Catholic officials will remain unaddressed. 

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