Media Statements

OH--Columbus predator priest passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A credibly accused Ohio predator priest has passed away. Now, we beg Bishop Frederick Campbell to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him” by using church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.

And Campbell should explain why he basically kept silent for more than three months, despite his repeated pledges to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex crimes. Had Campbell done what many bishops do, and told the public about this predator priest’s passing, he might have brought comfort to some of the cleric’s victims.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=177116194

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NY--Attny General pushes abuse reform; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining the chorus pushing to reform New York’s archaic, predator-friendly abuse laws. He’s right when he says “By denying child sexual abuse victims their day in court, we are denying them their right to equal justice under the law.”  

But worse, New York’s incredibly strict statute of limitations is also helping child molesters stay hidden and putting kids at risk. It’s almost always through the criminal and civil courts that predators are exposed and children are protected.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/n-y-ag-urges-albany-action-kid-rape-law-article-1.2589828

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MO--Victims blast Catholic officials for honoring criminal

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Under the headline “Hometown Team,” the latest issue of Catholic St. Louis portrays Bishop Robert Finn as one of several local priest who have climbed the clerical ladder to become prelates. But it makes no mention of Finn’s status as the only US bishop to be convicted for concealing evidence of child sex crimes from police and prosecutors.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/columns/joe-holleman/convicted-kc-priest-featured-among-notable-priests-from-st-louis/article_9f582aa1-440d-5ec8-9b76-ca604e338aa1.html

In a nutshell, this is one key reason why the clergy sex abuse and cover up scandal keeps roiling the church: because those who endanger kids, hide predators, stonewall prosecutors, deceive parishioners are almost never defrocked, demoted, disciplined or even denounced by their Catholic colleagues or supervisors.

Ignoring wrongdoing essentially encourages more wrongdoing.

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PA--Abuse bill moves in PA legislature; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re glad Pennsylvania lawmakers are finally moving to reform the state’s archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations but disappointed that because there’s no civil window, hundreds who have committed or concealed child sex crimes will remain hidden and escape responsibility.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2016/04/statute_of_limitations_ron_mar_1.html

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FL--Predator preacher passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A credibly accused Florida predator preacher has passed away. Now, we beg his former church members and colleagues to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him using church websites, pulpit announcements, social media and “word of mouth” so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-jeffery-london-dead-in-prison-20160405-story.html

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RI--Predator priest passes away, Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com
A credibly accused Rhode Island predator priest has passed away. Now, we beg Bishop Thomas Tobin to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have been hurt by him” by using church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements so that the wounded may be consoled and learn that they aren’t alone.
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NY--NYC’s Dolan continues abuse secrecy, victims say

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Today, more evidence emerges showing that Cardinal Timothy Dolan is among the most secretive US Catholic officials when it comes to the safety of children.

Last week, the website of Dolan’s archdiocesan newspaper quietly posted a short notice that Fr. Keith Fennessy has been suspended because of child pornography.

http://cny.org/stories/Father-Fennessy-Barred-From-Priestly-Ministry,13818?

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National--Offending Mennonite church staff are listed on website

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbra Graber (540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org), Barbara Dorris(314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Sex-offending church workers are listed for first time on website

Admitted, convicted & credibly accused clergy & employees are exposed

Mennonite/Anabaptist officials who cover up abuse will also be tracked

Exposing abuse “helps survivors heal, protects the vulnerable,” group says

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse is announcing the release of a list of credibly accused, admitted, and convicted sexual predator Mennonite and Anabaptist clergy and employees.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mennonite_map

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PA--New bill will protect grandkids but let many ‘enablers’ off the hook

For immediate release: Monday, April 4, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A just-introduced bill in the Pennsylvania legislature will let many who commit or conceal child sex crimes off the hook. It will protect our grandkids, but not our kids. And for years, it will do little or nothing to expose and punish “enablers” – supervisors and colleagues who hid child sex crimes. We hope Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) re-considers his opposition to a civil window.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2016/04/statute_of_limitations_ron_mar.html

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PA--Victims blast “irresponsible” prosecutors

For immediate release: Monday, April 4, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re stunned by how naïve and irresponsible three Pennsylvania prosecutors are about the continuing abuse and cover up crisis in the Catholic church.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2016/04/03/Should-dioceses-use-grand-jury-probes-like-in-the-case-of-the-Diocese-of-Altoona-Johnstown/stories/201604030154

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KY--Family sues predator priest; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful to the brave Louisville family that is suing a priest and his church supervisors over reported child sex crimes. Kids are safest when those they hurt seek justice in court.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/03/29/boys-parents-sue-archdiocese-over-priest/82376988/

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PA--Victims applaud federal probe of Catholic officials

For immediate release: Friday, April 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a US attorney in Pennsylvania is talking about using RICO laws against Catholic officials.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/03/31/u-s-attorney-clergy-accused-of-sexual-abuse-could-face-consequences-under-civil-rico-statute/

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