Pope makes poor choice for his abuse panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

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)

The Pope has just promoted a priest with a disappointing track record, ties to Cardinal Bernard Law and a narrow and legalistic view of the abuse and cover up scandal. For a pontiff who shows boldness in other areas, when it comes to abuse, he moves very slowly and timidly.

Here, in 900+ words, are a half dozen specific reasons – we oppose the appointment of Fr. Robert Oliver:

http://www.snapnetwork.org/rome_abuse_victims_blast_pope_over_new_appointment  

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CA- Controversial priest is tapped to replace deceased bishop, victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com)

A controversial priest has been chosen as "temporary administrator" of the San Diego diocese. 

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PA- SNAP to Penn State professors: teach students about abuse

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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 disappointed in Penn State students who demonstrated Monday night in support of Joe Paterno.

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TX- El Paso child molesting cleric visits school recently & repeatedly

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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)

A Catholic cleric who molested in El Paso is back in the news. A Louisiana newspaper reports that he made regular visits recently to a school, but now has reportedly stopped doing so after his trips were made public. 

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NY- Victims persist with case; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

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

Thirty four abuse victims from Yeshiva University are asking the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to re-examine a recent ruling against them. We desperately hope the court listens.

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KY- Predator priest faces charges – 2nd allegation - victims outraged

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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)

A Louisville priest has been charged with child sex crimes stemming from allegations by a second victim. We hope church officials take this more seriously than they apparently did after the first allegations were reported. 

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PA- More hurtful calls for return of Paterno statue

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

We are deeply disappointed that thousands of people rallied in support of the NCAA officials decision to reduce penalties against Penn State. 

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LA- Houma-Thibodaux bishop makes odd claim

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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)

In an unusual and troubling twist, a Louisiana bishop paid an alleged child sexual abuse victim even though he doesn't think the accusation is true.

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LA- Lake Charles predator priest put/kept on the job

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

A Louisiana newspaper has disclosed that a Lafayette predator priest was quietly sent to work in the Lake Charles diocese and still lives there now. Because Catholic officials hid the abuse report for more than 40 years, we strongly suspect that the priest is living or working among unsuspecting neighbors or colleagues. So for the protection of kids and the healing of victims, we urgently call on Lake Charles Bishop Glen Provost to:

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FL- Predator priest dies

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

A credibly accused predator priest who lived in Ft. Myers has passed away. He is Fr Marshall Larriviere, who allegedly molested at least two kids in Louisiana. 

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Ireland- Ostracize retired Catholic Cardinal, victims urge

For immediate release: Monday, September 08, 2014

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

What now, since Cardinal Sean Brady has retired? To deter future cover ups and to avoid more pain - to hundreds of abuse victims and thousands of disillusioned parishioners - Catholic officials in Ireland and Rome should refuse to give Brady honors, roles, praise, or positions. 

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PA- NCAA officials to reduce penalties against Penn State, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

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

It feels premature and insensitive for NCAA officials to reduce penalties against Penn State at this point. If they've made real progress towards becoming a safer place for kids, that's great.

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