MN - Predator priest now teaches sex ed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

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

A credibly accused predator priest now teaches sex education for Wright County (according to Minnesota Public Radio). We call on county officials to immediately fire him. And we call on St. Paul/Minneapolis Catholic officials to explain why they continue to keep silent about the allegations against him.

http://origin-minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?from=hp

Fr. Harry Walsh reportedly molested at least two kids. A settlement was paid to one of them. He studied to become a “sexologist” and had a lengthy “affair” with a married parishioner (such conduct is now illegal in Minnesota).

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MN - SNAP to Catholics: “Don’t donate until Fr. McDonough is defrocked”

For immediate release: Wednesday December 18, 2013

Statement by Bob Schwiderski, SNAP Minnesota director (952 471 3422skibrs@q.com)


Enough is enough. Catholic officials should start defrocking Fr. Kevin McDonough. And Catholic parishioners should donate elsewhere until this happens.

Fr. McDonough knows more about clergy sex crimes and cover ups than anyone else in the archdiocese.  His name and fingerprints are on many church records about concealing known and suspected crimes.

But the final straw came late yesterday when St. Paul’s police chief named Fr. McDonough as one of the archdiocesan clerics who refuse to be questioned by police.

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ME - New Maine Catholic bishop is named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

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

The elevation of Boston’s Bishop Robert Deeley to head Maine’s Catholic archdiocese is yet another in a string of disappointing promotions made in recent months. (Others include new Hartford Bishop Leonard Blair, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz, Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano and Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels.)

Deeley admits working closely with then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which oversees – and hides – clergy sex crimes from across the globe. We suspect Deeley knows of hundreds of credibly accused child molesting Catholic clerics and we doubt if he’s reported even one to law enforcement.

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MN - Police say Catholic officials are NOT cooperating - SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

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

According to the Pioneer Press, “St. Paul police Chief Thomas Smith said Tuesday that investigators have not gotten cooperation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on sexual abuse cases.”

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_24740703/archbishop-nienstedt-accused-will-step-aside

This is, in our view, the most serious and damning disclosure yet in the Twin Cities Catholic crisis – that even now, even to law enforcement, Catholic officials say one thing and do another, and that even now, Catholic officials refuse to do the absolute bare minimum – responding to questions from the police.

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OR- Lawyer for abuse victims passes away

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17 2013

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

Kelly Clark was among the most compassionate men I've ever met and one of the most effective advocates for abuse victims. Kelly always saw the big picture and put the needs of his clients - both short term and long term - ahead of every other consideration.

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WI victims blast new MI bishop on abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday December 17, 2013

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP Midwest Director, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259peterisely@yahoo.com)

For at least three reasons, we believe that Fr. Doerfler should never have been promoted.

--In a March 2011 deposition in the case of serial Green Bay child molester Fr. Patrick Feeney, Doerfler, then chancellor and vicar general of the diocese, admitted under oath that in 2007 he deliberately and systematically destroyed nearly all records and documentation in church files of Green Bay clergy reported to the diocese to have sexually assaulted children.  The shredding took place just after the Wisconsin State Supreme Court ruled that victims of childhood sexual abuse could file fraud suits against Catholic dioceses in the state for covering up for sexually abusive clerics like Feeney. 

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MN archbishop is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

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)

The Twin Cities archbishop is now accused of abuse.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/12/17/archbishop-to-step-aside-amid-sexual-abuse-allegation/

Archbishop Nienstedt is right to step aside.  We hope police and prosecutors investigate this thoroughly and promptly. We also hope that anyone else who might be able to shed light on this allegation will quickly step forward, contacting secular authorities, not church authorities.

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MI - Controversial priest selected as a Michigan bishop; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 

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

Father John Doerfler of the Diocese of Green Bay is the new bishop of Marquette, Michigan. We are disappointed with this promotion.

Doerfler has been a high ranking official in that diocese for some time. It’s a diocese with a terrible track record on clergy sex abuse and cover up cases.

We believe that Fr. Doerfler is also associated with a controversial Catholic group called Courage:

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MN - Winona bishop to release predator names; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday December 16, 2013

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

Because he's being forced to do so by a judge and a determined victim, Winona’s Catholic bishop will release a list of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests soon. That's just the beginning.

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/winona-diocese-plans-to-release-priest-list-this-morning/article_96715cf8-90a3-5fbb-89bd-0862ee794049.html

Winona Catholic officials must now go further. The bishop should

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Vatican - Legion of Christ Looking for a new head

For immediate release: Friday, December 16, 2013 

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

Any real hope of reform in the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ seems very unlikely now. High ranking officials in this Catholic order reportedly still hold their criminal founder in high regard and are resisting substantial change, the Associated Press reports.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/13/pope-must-decide-what-to-do-with-disgraced-legion-as-it-moves-to-elect-new/

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PA - Accused Philly priests’ fates may be announced soon??

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

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

Two credible and knowledgeable Philadelphia Catholics – including noted blogger Susan Matthews - report that they’ve heard rumors that Archbishop Charles Chaput may disclose this weekend the fates of some alleged predator priests by making announcements at some parishes. WE DO NOT KNOW IF THIS IS ACCURATE OR NOT.

It’s about time. Victims, their families and Philly Catholics have waited far too long for some clarity from church officials about these accused child molesters. Whenever Chaput makes this announcement, we suspect he won’t be completely forthcoming about key details.

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IL - Chicago teacher allegedly fired for reporting abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, December 13, 2013

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

We applaud the South Side teacher who reported a case of sexual assault involving  Hales Franciscan High School students by contacting the Department of Children and Family Services.

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