Media Statements

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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CA - Child sex abuse lawsuit filed

It targets Sacramento children’s home

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

For more information: Dr. Joseph C. George (916-641-7300,joe@psyclaw.com)

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SD pedophile priest cases lose on technicality; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Several child sexual and physical abuse lawsuits against Catholic institutions in South Dakota have been tossed out at the urging of local Catholic officials.

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/church-sex-abuse-cases-dismissed

It is shameful that Catholic officials are exploiting a legal technicality to evade responsibility for heinous crimes against kids that they could and should have prevented. And it’s equally shameful that legislators are enabling complicit Catholic officials to get by with this.

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NM - Notorious Michigan predator priest is now in NM

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 are upset that a former priest who was serving jail for molesting Michigan kids is now living in Albuquerque New Mexico.

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/01/flushing_ex-priest_jason_sigle.html

He is Jason E. Sigler, who pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault in 2003.

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IL - Ex-Granite City priest is “credibly accused” of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are glad that Catholic officials have admitted that child sex abuse allegations against a priest who worked in Granite City are “credible.” Now, it’s time that they try to get Fr. Robert DeGrand criminally prosecuted, instead of trying to handle these serious accusations “in house.”

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140113/NEWS/14011974

Springfield Catholic officials claim that Fr. DeGrand’s alleged crimes happened long ago. That may be true. But it’s exceedingly rare that a child molester only molests once. And Springfield’s bishop has plenty of resources – parish bulletins, pulpit announcements and a public relations staff – that he could use to beg others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. DeGrand’s crimes to call police. He could immediately give Fr. DeGrand’s personnel files to prosecutors in each of the dozen towns where he’s worked.

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CA - Stockton bishop seeks bankruptcy protection

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 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)

A bishop declaring bankruptcy is a convenient, self-serving dodge. It’s a way to prevent the truth from coming out about clergy sex abuse and cover ups, while shifting the attention away from crimes to cash.

http://fox40.com/2014/01/13/diocese-of-stockton-officially-decides-to-file-for-bankruptcy/

A bishop dealing with predator priest cases has many options. Seeking Chapter 11 protection, however, is one of the most callous. 

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MO - Archbishop Wins MO Supreme Court Delay

No names of pedophile priests will be turned over today

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, 3:15 p.m.

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

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