Media Statements

MO--More Catholic abuse records to be turned over

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 11

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

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Last year, a St. Louis judge ordered the Catholic archdiocese to turn over to a victim’s lawyer church abuse and cover up records over a 20 year span.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/07_08/2014_07_07_Lilly_Post-Dispatch_Settlement_Settlement.htm   

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CA--Group praises Cosby victim's mom

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 10

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

We applaud Judy Thompson for her courageous letter to comedian Bill Cosby’s wife Camille and each of the women who are seeking justice and healing by suing Cosby, filing police reports against him or speaking out about his crimes.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in SNAP over the past quarter century, it’s that persistence and creativity can sometimes prevail over even the most powerful or popular predator.

 

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IL--Victims respond to full Bishop Paprocki statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 10

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

Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki blasted our group and the news media today, twice deceptively using the phrase "rumors and gossip" and accusing journalists of reporting “without question” allegedly “false and defamatory claims.”  (We've just now gotten a copy of his statement.)  

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IL--Victims predict Springfield bishop’s criticism

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 10

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

In his news conference today, we suspect that Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki will criticize our group for raising concerns about what he’ll call “old” cases.   

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WI--In a major victory for Milwaukee clergy abuse survivors, 7th Circuit Federal Court rules against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s transfer of $58 million dollars

Decision rejects first amendment argument, opens the door to determine if the Vatican and Dolan constituted the trust for purposes of fraud

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Or Mark Salmon, SNAP Milwaukee director 414.712.2092

In a major victory for some 575 victims of childhood rape and sexual assault by dozens of Milwaukee Roman Catholic clergy, the 7th Circuit Federal Court in Chicago ruled this afternoon in a strongly worded statement that a $58 million dollar “cemetery trust” constituted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York while he was Archbishop of Milwaukee is not protected by the first amendment.  The ruling could have major consequences for Dolan and the Vatican, since the court can now determine if the trust was fraudulently created by him and the Vatican before the Archdiocese declared bankruptcy four years ago.    

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NY/WI- $58 million dollar “cemetery trust” not protected by the first amendment

In a major victory for Milwaukee clergy abuse survivors, 7th Circuit Federal Court rules against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s transfer of $58 million dollars

Decision rejects first amendment argument, opens the door to determine if the Vatican and Dolan constituted the trust for purposes of fraud

For immediate released Monday, March 9, 2015

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee) 414.429.7259

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MO--Victims applaud court ruling on church leafleting

For immediate release: Monday, March 9

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A three judge panel has agreed with us that legislators were wrong to pass a law severely limiting freedom of speech near churches.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article13108751.html  

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CA--Victims challenge Presbyterians in child sex case

For immediate release: Friday, March 6

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

A Santa Barbara Presbyterian church and high ranking church officials are being sued for concealing and enabling child sex crimes.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/03/06/socal-church-accused-of-covering-up-abuse.htm   

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CT--Victims say Egan was “among the worst” prelates

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

Cardinal Edward Egan was among the most callous, reckless and deceitful prelates ever. We hope his passing brings some comfort to the many adults who were abused as children because of his self-serving secrecy and his relentless protection of predator priests. We grieve for every single victim, witness and whistleblower who was mistreated in any way by Egan and his former top aides, whether in New York or in Bridgeport.    

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OR--Victims challenge Mennonite school on abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

We applaud this brave teenager for having the strength to take action against the man who assaulted her and the school officials who enabled those crimes to happen.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/03/former_western_mennonite_schoo.html   

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AK--New church contact in probe of Kodiak school; victims’ group urges survivors to go to the police instead

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 3, 2015

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A new contact person has been designated in the church probe of an Orthodox priest on leave from a school in Kodiak. The clergyman has been accused of abusing current and former students physically, psychologically and spiritually.

    

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IL--Did 6 Chicago predator priests go to Springfield?

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

Six Chicago predator priests, who were ousted from local parishes in the 1990s, may have spent time in the Springfield are, we have learned.

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150304/NEWS/150309637  

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