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CA--Accused priest quietly moves to San Diego; Victims cry “foul”

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,

Accused priest quietly moves to SD

After “counseling,” he sexually harassed a 22 year old

He allegedly “coerced” her & later fired her from her job 

A civil lawsuit against him and his Michigan bishop is pending

Group urges SD Catholic officials to “warn parishioners & the public about him

A priest who was found to have sexually harassed a college student and who faces a pending civil abuse lawsuit has quietly moved to San Diego where he works for a lawyer. A victims group want bishops in California and Michigan to warn parishioners and the public about him.

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Vatican re-affirms gay priest ban; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home,

Vatican officials are re-affirming their so-called ban on gay priests.

Scapegoating some adults protects no children. Behavior, not orientation, is what matters.

Half of our 20,000 plus members are women who were sexually assaulted as kids by priests, nuns, bishops and seminarians. It’s just wrong to assume or claim that most victims of child molesting clerics are boys.

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