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ROME- More vague Vatican abuse 'hopes'

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 31 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, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Today the Pope asked one ancient Vatican bureaucracy to "study" clergy sexual abuse and cooperate with another Vatican body that hasn't even been set up yet.

This isn't progress. It's perhaps the 20th or 30th time that a pope has talked about his hopes and plans about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. But not a single pope has exposed a single predator or a single enabler. Not a single pope has really punished a single complicit bishop. And not a single pope has taken a single effective step to prevent clergy sex crimes or cover ups.

When will the words stop and the action start?

http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/01/pope-receives-congregation-for-doctrine.html

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1400435.htm

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MT- Another bishop “hides behind” bankruptcy

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 312014

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)

Helena's Catholic bishop is now seeking bankruptcy protection.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Catholic-diocese-files-for-bankruptcy-protection-5192703.php

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MO- Archdiocese admits rarely calling 911 re: predators

For immediate release Friday, January 31, 2014

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com)

By their own admission, St. Louis archdiocesan officials admit that only 8% of the child sex abuse reports they received about priests were turned over to police or Division of Family Services.

 http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/archdiocese-data-give-fuller-accounting-of-st-louis-priest-abuse/article_3776ee89-8779-5534-8b88-52dbd2a1e6db.html

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MN--Three steps archbishop should take right now

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 31

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

 

On Thursday, one of Archbishop John Nienstedt's public relations staffers said "We have continuously made ourselves available to law enforcement to address any outstanding questions they may have. . ."

http://www.archspm.org/news-events/news-detail.php?intResourceID=11669

 

On Wednesday, St. Paul's police chief said “We have not had the opportunity to speak with Fr. McDonough.” (McDonough is a key figure in this scandal.)

 http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_25018830/st-paul-police-have-7-priest-sex-investigations 

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Ireland--Irish official apologizes for abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 30

 

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)

It was gracious for Enda Kenny to offer and Louise O'Keefe to accept his apology for her suffering.

http://www.kildare-nationalist.ie/2014/01/30/okeeffe-accepts-taoiseachs-apology/ 

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NE- Accused predator priest worked in Nebraska

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014

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

An accused predator priest who worked in Nebraska has been suspended from ministry in New Mexico because of credible allegations of child sex crimes.

http://www.abqjournal.com/344994/news/diocese-removes-accused-priest.html

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MO- AME church officials should be ashamed

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014

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

We in SNAP are grateful for Rev. Brenda Jones' strength and courage. She has wisely realized that our courts are the best place to expose sexual predators and protect vulnerable congregations. We applaud her for her bravery.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mo_minister_abused_harassed_woman_new_suit_says

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IL- Case settles, Cardinal dodges another bullet

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014

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)

Another clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against the Chicago archdiocese has settled.

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MN- Evidence shows church officials delayed reporting

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014

Statement by Megan Peterson, Twin Cities SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (218-689-9049 cell, survivor19@live.com)

We are deeply disappointed in Twin Cities law enforcement officials.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/internal-document-shows-church-leaders-knew-of-abuse-earlier-than-they-admit

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MN- Priest will NOT be charged with child porn

For immediate release Wednesday, January 29 2014

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

We are saddened by the fact that at this time the Washington County Attorney has decided not to pursue charges against Fr. Jonathan Shelley. We hope someday he will and that in the meantime other police and prosecutors will continue investigating Fr. Shelley.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_25017887/ex-mahtomedi-priest-case-no-child-porn-found

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ND/NM- Predator priest is suspended

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014

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 priest has been suspended from ministry in New Mexico because of credible allegations of child sex crimes.

He is Fr. Timothy Conlon.

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MN- No indictments for MN Catholic officials

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

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

We're not lawyers. But we refuse to believe that Twin Cities secular officials are helpless in the face of so much recklessness, callousness and deceit by dozens of complicit Catholic officials year after year after year.

Al Capone was nabbed on income tax evasion. Other criminals are nabbed on various and sometimes lesser charges, whether perjury, witness tampering, endangering children, obstructing justice, destroying evidence, and intimidating victims. We believe that usually, “where there's a will, there's a way.”

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