Media Statements

MN--"Turning the page" is irresponsible

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 17

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Some are talking of "moving on" and "turning the page" in the Twin Cities abuse and cover up scandal. . .

Such thoughts are misplaced. They show a callous disregard for vulnerable kids.  

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MN--SNAP “New St. Paul archdiocesan head’s first step”

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 16

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

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s replacement should immediately disclose more information about Fr. Gerald Dvorak, the latest Twin Cities archdiocesan cleric to be accused of child sex crimes.   

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MN--Survivor response to Jeyapaul sentencing

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Megan Peterson survivor of Fr. Jeyapaul, 218-689-9049

I was going to wait until I felt I had become centered again. Waiting for myself to be able to approach this in a very formal and graceful manner for you all. To erase all hints of anger and discomfort. To be a put-together, well-oiled machine. But the truth is, life is messy. Our emotions are messy. We cannot always carry ourselves with the grace we have envisioned.   

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MN--Notorious Indian predator priest is sentenced for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Monday June 15

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 pedophile priest will soon be let out of jail. We fear he’ll strike again.

Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul - who worked in two Minnesota dioceses: St. Paul and Crookston - has been sentenced to “time served” for child sex crimes. He’ll be deported to his native India where kids are ever more vulnerable to savvy predators than kids are here.  

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Rome--Archbishop to be tried in Vatican

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314-503-0003 bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Vatican officials claimed that the arrest of Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the first inside the Vatican related to allegations of sexual abuse, in order to send a strong signal that even high-ranking Church officials would be held accountable. We dispute this claim. We believe that Wesolowski’s case is being handled internally by church figures for public relations reasons – to give the impression of “getting tough” while actually concealing cover ups and minimizing publicity.  

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MI--Archbishop from Detroit resigns-what's next?

For immediate release: Monday, June 15

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 Minnesota Catholic archbishop whose archdiocese faces criminal charges for endangering kids has resigned. But this should be just the beginning of a long process of exposing and punishing clerics who put kids in harm’s way.   

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NJ--Newark bishop defends his colleague

For immediate release: Monday, June 15 

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

The new head of the Twin Cities archdiocese defended a controversial colleague who spent extravagantly on an opulent home for himself.

In an op ed last year, Bishop Bernard Hebda defended the residence that Archbishop John Myers is building for himself.

http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-focus-on-archbishop-s-commitment-to-serve-1.744589  

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Rome-- "Why the recent flurry of clergy sex moves?"

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

With this recent flurry of movement on clergy sex abuse, we suspect that Francis' public relations advisors are trying hard to burnish his imagine prior to his US trip. But over the course of a long clerical career, Francis has ignored and concealed heinous crimes against kids and promoted or tolerated other clerics who are doing the same. One or two or three small steps doesn't erase decades of complicity.  

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MN--Why resignation? Why not removal?

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Frank Meuers, Southern Minnesota SNAP Leader, (frankameuers@gmail.com 952-334-5180)

Finally, more than a year and a half after the breaking of the story of widespread abuse and cover up in the St. Paul/Minneapolis Diocese, Archbishop John Neinstedt has finally resigned. This is a tiny but belated step forward.  

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MN--Archbishop Neinstedt resigns

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Though he has resigned, we still believe Neinstedt should be punished for enabling a predator to hurt kids.   

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Australia--Vatican decades late in bishop accountability, still no guarantee of any real change

For immediate release Thursday June 11, 2015

Media Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, Australia Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (nicky@nickydavis.com.au, 0422 538 440)

 

The latest move by the Vatican to provide a clear system for bishops to be held internally accountable for covering up and enabling widespread and systemic sexual violence against children is yet another case of too little, too late.
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Vatican--New Vatican abuse process could go either way

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 10 2015

Statement by Becky Ianni, VA/Washington DC area Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

Sound isn’t necessarily music. Motion isn’t necessarily progress. And a “process” isn’t necessarily prevention, especially if that process involves clergy sex crimes and cover ups and the Catholic hierarchy.

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