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Vatican attacks UN panel

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 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)

Inadvertently, by their comments over the past few hours, Vatican officials are essentially proving what a UN panel has concluded: that the Catholic hierarchy is not reforming its handling of clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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Cardinal should release 35 priest files now

For immediate release - Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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

It took almost nine years - and dozens of lawsuits - to get records on 30 archdiocesan predator priests released by the Chicago archdiocese.

That's fewer than half of the 65 predator priests George admits to, and less than one fourth of the 121 predator priests listed by an independent group called BishopAccountability.org.

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Vatican- Vatican responds to scathing abuse report, SNAP reacts

For immediate release Wednesday, February 05, 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)

Yet again, as they've done for decades, today embattled Catholic officials make more promises about children – specifically, to “study” a new UN panel's report. But their words contradict reality. They've made similar promises for years. Almost always, they refuse to keep these promises.

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Geneva- Second statement by clergy abuse victims regarding UN report

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

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

It's utterly tragic that a respected international panel of experts feels, in 2014, compelled to tell Catholic officials that they must “Immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers from assignment and refer the matter to the relevant law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution.”

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Geneva- UN issues “devastating” report on Catholic clergy scandal; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

A UN panel has issued a report on how the Vatican handles clergy sexual abuse and cover up. The AP calls the report “devastating.” Reuters calls it “scathing.” We call it “on target.” 

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Geneva--UN panel to issue report on clergy abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

 

Tomorrow, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern time, a United Nations panel in Geneva is expected to release a formal report on whether Vatican officials are complying with a treaty on children's rights.

It will likely be posted here:

And here: http://ccrjustice.org/  and here http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRCIndex.aspx  

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MA- Boston area priest removed, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 4

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

Fr. Joseph Byrne, a Boston area priest, has been suspended. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Fr. Byrne has been removed. Now is not the time for complacency. 

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CA- Accused Santa Rosa predator priest passes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

 

For more information: Joelle Casteix 949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com,

David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com 

 

Accused pedophile priest has passed away

Cleric unsuccessfully sued a victim for slander 

She received more than $1 million in settlement 

Yet Catholic officials still kept him in a parish for years

 

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MN- Catholic deposition blocked; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 4

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 Minnesota judge blocked the release of a deposition and transcript of an accused predator priest named Fr. Gilbert Allen Tarlton (a.k.a Allen Tarlton or Allen Berry). 

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MD- Priest who headed MD center admits felonies

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Ex head of MD center pleads guilty

Catholic priest stole from three sources

He headed facility for sexually troubled clerics

And he himself is accused of “inappropriate relationship”

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FL- Missionary pleaded guilty to child porn charges

For immediate release Tuesday, January 4

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 Florida Missionary, Warren Kennell, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of production of child pornography and was sentenced to 58 years in prison. He's part of the Sanford FL-based New Tribes Mission, which has been implicated in other clergy sex abuse cases.

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AZ-Ex Mormon bishop arrested

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 3

 

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

 

An ex-Mormon bishop faces child sex abuse charges.

 

http://www.kpho.com/story/24535353/ex-mormon-bishop-accused-of-luring-male-teen 

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