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PA- Two sets of school officials act "irresponsibly"

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)

Shame on officials at Pennridge High School and Faith Christian Academy. Neither acted responsibly in the troubling case of proven predator Eric Romig. We hope both will be prosecuted.

http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-28/news/46740390_1_eric-romig-sellersville-belles-faith-christian-academy

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PA/TX- Philly priest acts creepy in Dallas

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 29 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)

A notorious and frightening now-defrocked Philly predator priest has recently moved to – and apparently from – a Dallas apartment complex where he repeatedly expressed sexual interest in kids.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140129_From_Philly_to_Dallas__ex-priest_a__brutal_abuser__without_remorse.html

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TX--New Fort Worth bishop installed

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 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Michael F. Olson formally takes over today as the bishop of the Ft. Worth Catholic diocese.

Since he was selected months ago, several Catholic officials and institutions have posted on their websites the names of child molesting clerics. The first thing tomorrow, Olson should scour the files and disclose the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting cleric who lives/lived or works/worked in the diocese (whether living or deceased, religious order or diocesan). And we hope he will update the list regularly and publicly. (The current list hasn't been updated in more than six months.) 

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IRELAND- European court rules for Irish child sex abuse victim

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 28 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 applaud the European Court of Human Rights for siding with an Irish woman who was sexually abused as a youngster by her school principal. The Irish state, the court ruled, failed to protect her.

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/louise-okeefe-wins-case-at-european-court-over-childhood-abuse-621010.html

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PA--Philly DA appeals priest case to PA Supreme Court

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 28

Statement by Karen  Polesir of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (267-992-9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

We are grateful that Philadelphia prosecutors are following through with their work to protect kids by trying to get Msgr. William Lynn back behind bars. 

Yesterday, the DA's office formally asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear its appeal of the Superior Court's reversal of Msgr. Lynn's conviction. We hope the justices respond favorably and put the physical safety of vulnerable kids and the emotional well-being of wounded adult ahead of one wrongdoer's freedom. 

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TN- Pedophile priest conviction upheld

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 28 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 are grateful that a three judge panel has upheld the conviction of a predator priest. Fr. William C. Casey should remain behind bars. And his former Catholic officials should take aggressive steps to find, and help, his other victims.

http://www.timesnews.net/article/9072515/former-kingsport-priest-has-conviction-upheld-by-appeals-court

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NY--Accused New York priest passes away

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For more information, please contact SNAP Director David Clohessy of St. Louis, (314) 566-9790 cell,
SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Accused New York priest passes away

He molested young seminarians & worked in Goshen

After his victims came forward, cleric was sent to Rome


He was subject of newspaper investigation on "runaway priests"


Victims blast Cardinal Dolan & religious order for “continuing secrecy”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is disclosing that a New York Catholic priest who was accused of molesting children has passed away. Investigative reporters discovered Mataconis "in hiding" in Rome.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2004/runawaypriests/
  

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Chile-- Victims blast Catholic Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, one of the newly appointed cardinals by Pope Francis

For immediate release Monday, January 27

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) Juan Carlos Cruz, JCCruz1@aol.com

 

Victims blast Catholic Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, one of the newly appointed cardinals by Pope Francis

 

They criticize his "self-serving" plea

 

He claims those molested should "look forward and trust the Church”

 

They counter: "But kids are still being abused now and mostly the Chilean hierarchy continues to cover up and hide, protecting themselves and their own and have complete disregard for survivors"

 

And cover ups continue too, support group maintains 

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MA--Victims blast MA Church officials over predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 27

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

It's troubling that Worcester Catholics seem to be the last to be told about credible child sex abuse allegations against a local priest.

http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2014/01/lancaster_priest_faces_abuse_a.html#comments

Catholic officials admit they've already told police and Vatican officials about accusations against Fr. Edward P. Lettic. But only yesterday did they tell parishioners at his Lancaster parish.  

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MN--Crookston diocese discloses predator names

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 27

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

Crookston Catholic officials made a shrewd move on Friday when they released a list of child molesting clerics.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/content/crookston-diocese-releases-list-accused-priests

We storngly suspect it's an incomplete list. And we stronlgly suspete that Catholic officials took this step because they feared that a judge would soon order them to do so.  

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IL--School abuse case settles out of court

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

School abuse case settles out of court

It involves child sex case against teacher & others

Young woman who was repeatedly violated to get $100,000

Support group commends victim for having courage to come forward

A civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a southern Illinois teacher and school district has settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

http://metropolisplanet.com/bookmark/24432027/article-Unit-One-settles-sexual-abuse-lawsuit. 

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CT- Prosecutors should investigate scandal-ridden Catholic group

Statement by David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director

Today, a national Catholic newspaper is calling for police and prosecutors to investigate the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ which operates in Connecticut and across the world.

We agree.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/editorial-legions-record-calls-criminal-investigation

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