IN - Ft. Wayne priest accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused as a child. So we commend the individual who reported his or her suffering caused by the predatory deeds of Fr.  James Seculoff.

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Walkerton-pastor-resigns-after-alleged-sexual-abuse-of-minor-240328741.html?ref=741

Also, it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim.

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Vatican - In stunning move, Pope meets with Mahony; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

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

Today, as Catholic officials told a United Nations panel that the Vatican is 'reforming' on abuse, Pope Francis held a private meeting with retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, a prelate so corrupt that his successor denied him the right to exercise public ministry in his own archdiocese.

http://cardinalrogermahonyblogsla.blogspot.com/

We are stunned and deeply disappointed.

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Vatican - Catholic officials deny Vatican power at UN; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Statement by Mary Caplan of Manhattan, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Mcaplan682@aol.com)

Two high-ranking Catholic officials today basically told a United Nations panel that the Vatican has little real power to stop bishops from hiding clergy sex crimes. We’re very saddened that such a huge and powerful church bureaucracy continues to pretend it’s powerless over its own officials.

These clerics said some nice things today in Geneva. But unfortunately, the encouraging public words today by Catholic officials differ radically from the actual and distressing private behavior of Catholic officials. Before the cameras, the church hierarchy often denounces predators and thanks victims. But behind closed doors, the church hierarchy often protects predators and rebuffs victims.

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Statement of Kate Bochte on release of Chicago Docs

Statement by SNAP spokesman Kate Bochte 630 768 1860 (cell), keight@sbcglobal.net 

Chicago Cardinal Francis George must answer two simple questions. First, why not disclose the names and the records of ALL Chicago child molesting clerics, whether they’ve been sued or not and whether he’s been forced to or not. And second, why not disclose the names and records of dozens of Chicago child molesting religious order clerics (Jesuits, Marianists, etc.) like 14 of his colleagues have done?

He claims he’s “committed” to “transparency.” http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0112/cardinal.aspx

But he deliberately protects the roughly 1/3 of all child molesting clerics who work or have worked in his archdiocese by hiding their identities.

In 2010, Chicago native Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who heads the Tucson diocese, told the New York Times that excluding religious order priests from predator priest lists “doesn't seem appropriate … Our goal is to demonstrate to the person harmed that the church understood their pain and the harm that had been done to them, and to get as many victims as possible to come forward."  

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Vatican - Financially corrupt prelates are ousted, but morally complicit prelates remain

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 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)

The Pope made another move today to purportedly ‘clean up’ the Vatican bank.

It may seem like an odd question, but does Pope Francis care more about money than children? He pushes out church officials who are allegedly complicit with financial misdeeds but not those complicit with sex crime cover ups.

He gently moves aside a few bishops who are too stern in their demeanor or too ostentatious in their dress. But he won’t act against bishops who are too close to child molesting clerics, too reckless with kids’ safety or too callous toward wounded victims.

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IL - Group asks Chicago Cardinal to tell full truth, protect all kids

For immediate release: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Statement by SNAP spokesman Kate Bochte 630 768 1860 (cell),keight@sbcglobal.net

Chicago Cardinal Francis George must answer two simple questions. First, why not disclose the names and the records of ALL Chicago child molesting clerics, whether they’ve been sued or not and whether he’s been forced to or not. And second, why not disclose the names and records of dozens of Chicago child molesting religious order clerics (Jesuits, Marianists, etc.) like 14 of his colleagues have done?

He claims he’s “committed” to “transparency.”http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0112/cardinal.aspx

But he deliberately protects the roughly 1/3 of all child molesting clerics who work or have worked in his archdiocese by hiding their identities.

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SNAP FACT SHEET (1/14/14)

Child molesting clerics who have worked/lived in Chicago

Each has received little or virtually no public attention in the area

Most have molested children elsewhere in one case, dozens of them

And none have ever been disclosed by Cardinal Francis George or his staff

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CO - New Colorado Catholic bishop named; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 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 high ranking Ft. Worth Catholic official, Msgr. Stephen Berg, is the new bishop of Pueblo. He takes over a diocese with a dismal record on children’s safety.

We hope that he will take decisive action to safeguard kids, instead of just posturing and promising the way most bishops do.

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IL - 5 questions this morning for Chicago archdiocese about abuse

 For the third time in a week, at a news conference this morning, Chicago Catholic officials will put their spin on abuse records which will be made public next week. Here are some questions they should be asked:
 
1) A third of the priests in the archdiocese are religious order priests. Fourteen bishops list those predators on their websites. You unilaterally refuse to do likewise. Why?
 
2) Almost 30 U.S. bishops voluntarily list names of predator priests on their websites. You had to be forced to do so through litigation. Why?
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MD- Baltimore church official charged with child porn

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014

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

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CA - Grand jury indicts Stockton priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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)

This indictment is a huge victory for Kelly's victims, who have fought for years to ensure that what happened to them never happens to another child. We salute them for their tenacity against what seemed to be huge odds.

The indictment is also the main reason that victims pursue justice in the civil courts. Civil lawsuits can be the best way to unearth evidence that can help law enforcement and grand juries.

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N. Ireland abuse probe should be expanded, victims say

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We support the victims and advocates who want to see the Northern Ireland institutional abuse investigation to spread to England and Wales.

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2014/jan/13/child-abuse-inquiry-northern-ireland-extend-england-wales

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