Media Statements

GA--New abuse suit filed vs. Catholic predator

For immediate release: Friday, March 20

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)

A new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against the Savannah Catholic diocese. It charges that a notorious serial predator – Fr. Wayland Brown – repeatedly assaulted a 13 year old boy in 1987-88 at St. James Catholic School in Savannah. The victim is represented by Savannah attorney Mark Tate, marktate@tatelawgroup.com, 912-484-1762   

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Scotland--Scottish Cardinal resigns

For immediate release: Friday, March 20

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)

Two full years after he admitted sexual misconduct, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned. But as it has done with dozens of abusive prelates, the Vatican is disclosing nothing about O’Brien’s wrongdoing.   

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NY--Victims applaud Monica Lewinsky speaking up

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19

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

Monica Lewinsky is increasingly discussing the shaming of victims of sexual exploitation, according to a new, long story in the New York Times. We’re grateful to her for her courage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/style/monica-lewinsky-is-back-but-this-time-its-on-her-terms.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news    

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CHILE- Victims blast cowardly Chilean bishop

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

In a cowardly move that shows how little Pope Francis is doing to protect kids, Chile’s Catholic bishops are rallying around a complicit colleague. Shame on them for backing Bishop Juan Barros.

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/03/19/chiles-bishops-back-prelate-linked-to-notorious-abuser-priest/

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CHILE- SNAP praises protesters in Chile

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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)

 

We in SNAP are deeply grateful for every person who is joining us in opposing Bishop Juan Barros' promotion to head the Diocese of Osorno in southern Chile - victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, politicians and Catholics. Barros faces “allegations that he helped cover up – and at times participated in – abuse against minors by his longtime mentor, a priest called Fernando Karadima.” (The Guardian)

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FL--Victims urge others hurt by doctor to come forward

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19

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)

A Delray Beach doctor who faces both criminal and civil cases accusing him of molesting patients also worked in the Tampa/St. Pete area.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/delray-beach/fl-delray-beach-doctor-molestation-20150318-story.html   

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Canada--Archbishop is “deceiving flock” group says

 For immediate release: Thursday, March 19, 2015

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Cappy Larson (415-637-2006 cell, cappy@rlarson.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Archbishop is “deceiving flock” group says

He’s been ousted and convicted of child sex crimes

Yet he’s started deceptive new website hiding those facts

SNAP: “Church officials should denounce him and warn congregants”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging Canadian Orthodox Church officials to order an archbishop who was convicted of child sex crimes to take down a deceptive new website. They are also begging them to publicly denounce the predator and warn their flocks about him.   

 

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MO--First Catholic official calls for Bishop Finn’s removal

For immediate release: Thursday, March 19

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

A member of Pope Francis’ new child sex abuse panel is calling for the removal of Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn. It’s the first time a Catholic official is publicly and explicitly pushing for Finn’s ouster.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/17/pope-francis-sexual-abuse-allegations-chile-bishop-barros   

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CT--Victims want more outreach re CT predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 18

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

A new civil lawsuit charges that a priest abused a child and that Catholic officials could and should have prevented the crimes.

http://blog.ctnews.com/connecticutpostings/2015/03/18/sixth-sex-abuse-lawsuit-filed-against-priest/   

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MI--Ex-Saginaw priest convicted of child sex crimes

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 18

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

A Saginaw native and ex-Greek Orthodox priest has been found guilty of sexual abuse in Maine,  some 30 years after having committed similar crimes in Michigan. We’re grateful that he’s been caught but now the focus shifts to his church former colleagues and supervisors in Michigan and Maine.

http://www.wgme.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.me/3929bebf-www.wgme.com.shtml#.VQh0M454piE   

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Victims pan first years of Francis papacy

For immediate release: Friday, March 13

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

As Francis enters the third year of his papacy, to many, his most memorable quote was “Who am I to judge?”

To abuse victims, however, his most memorable quote was “the Church is the only (institution) to have been attacked” over child sex crimes and cover ups. (He said this a year ago.)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26448075

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Canada, NY—In the face of pleas for Orthodox synod to ignore their sex abuse policy, victims’ group urges leaders to stand firm

For immediate release:  Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A group of die-hard supporters of an Orthodox archbishop convicted of child sexual abuse are urging a synod of Orthodox bishops to ignore their sex abuse policy.

http://archbishopseraphim.org/Letter%20to%20Metropolitan%20Tikhon

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