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MO - Catholic archbishop admits 115 St. Louis church staff accused of abuse

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

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

Catholic archbishop admits 115 St. Louis church staff accused of abuse

Revelation comes in a new court filing that church officials wanted to be kept secret

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PA-Philly archbishop won’t put Lynn back, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 3, 014

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

Philly Archbishop says, in a new letter to his flock, that he won’t put Msgr. William Lynn back on the job for now. But Chaput

--denies that Lynn is a flight risk,

--won’t say if Lynn will be re-assigned later,

--takes credit for doing things he’s required to do, and

--refuses to really explain why he continues to use the generous donations of Catholics to help proven wrongdoers

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MO - Archbishop wins another delay & won’t turn over names

For immediate release Friday, January 3, 2013

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

Despite multiple orders from a judge and actual sanctions against him by that same judge, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will not be turning over any records today about predator priests.

Late yesterday, he sought, and today he won, a “stay” or delay, from an appeals court.

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MN - Archdiocese wants more secrecy, SNAP responds

Statement by Megan Peterson, Twin Cities SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (218-689-9049 cell,survivor19@live.com)

For immediate release: Friday January 3, 2014

The foxes who have for decades ‘guarded the chicken coop’ want to keep doing so. Corrupt St. Paul Catholic officials who for decades have protected proven and accused predator priests are asking a judge to let them keep doing so. Shame on them.

http://www.startribune.com/local/238601601.html

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Vatican - More papal talk on abuse; Action needed, SNAP says

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

For immediate release: Friday January 2, 2013

We are glad the pope mentions prevention. It’s the most important part of the abuse and cover up crisis. But talk, of course, is cheap. He has immense power to prevent heinous child sex crimes. But he won’t use it.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Pope-warns-of-fallout-from-poorly-trained-priests-5110977.php

Instead of talking about predators not becoming priests in the future, he should act against corrupt bishops who are in office right now. Sadly, Pope Francis continues the long-standing and widespread church practice of virtually ignoring every Catholic employee – from custodian to cardinal – who ignores, conceals or enables abuse.

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PA-Victims to Philly archbishop: don't give Lynn a job

For immediate release: Thursday, January 2, 2013

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

We again call on Archbishop Charles Chaput to reassure parents, parishioners and the public that he won't put Msgr. William Lynn back on the job anywhere.

There's some doubt about whether Msgr. Lynn can be criminally prosecuted for his wrongdoing. There is no doubt, however, that he did wrong. And his wrongdoing was repeated and serious - knowingly putting proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesters into new parishes without warning parents or telling police.

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MO-Victim to appeal "bizarre" ruling

Victim to appeal “bizarre” ruling

Catholic abuse case will move forward

Church not responsible for child sex crimes

The reason: abuse happened on private property

Missouri Supreme Court is expected to hear case this year

For immediate release: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

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MO - Judge rebukes archbishop & orders predators’ names disclosed ruling, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 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)

In a rare move, yesterday a judge sanctioned St. Louis' archbishop and ordered to turn over possibly dozens and dozens of names of victims and child molesting clerics – over two decades - to a 20 year old woman and her attorney. Both parts of the ruling are unusual and significant.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/judge-orders-archdiocese-to-turn-over-by-friday-names-of/article_85e3927f-54e1-5741-9282-b30616b9dda8.html

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MN - Duluth predator priests names released; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday December 31, 2013

Statement by Verne Wagner, Northeast MN director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), 218-340-1277,lwagsmn@yahoo.com

We are glad that Bishop Sirba is releasing the names of credibly accused priests here in the Northland. Kids are safer every time a child molester is exposed. Having more names of predator priests in the news today in Duluth is a first step in transparency, outreach to victims and support for them.  But this is a first step, and we hope Bishop Sirba will open and release files and documents that tell where and when alleged abuse took place, and the actions that the Bishops did or didn’t take.  With the release of these predator priests, we also hope the bishop includes photos of these clerics as well as their history.

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TX-Amarillo priest convicted

For immediate release Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 cell (SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We are grateful that Fr. John Salazar (also known as Fr. John Salazar Jimenez) pleaded guilty in Texas to a molestation of a child in Tulia, Texas. It is the fourth time that Salazar has faced criminal charges.  He was convicted twice and served time in prison.  

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PA - Lynn released; abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Monday December 30, 2013

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


We are grateful that Msgr. Lynn spent months locked up and hope he will again. We are disappointed that he's been freed and we hope he will not flee the country or take any further steps now to help child molesting clerics in any way.

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MO - Victims blast archdiocese’s “self-serving secrecy”

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

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

Twice recently, St. Louis Catholic officials have violated a local judge’s order. Archbishop Robert Carlson is choosing to keep information about years of horrific clergy child sex crimes and church cover ups hidden, like he and his predecessors have done for decades.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/archdiocese-fights-judge-s-order-to-release-unprecedented-level-of/article_675bc6e8-7e46-5974-b561-a952ba914194.html

They are refusing to obey this judge’s ruling even though he gave them more than six months to comply and even though there’s a protective order that would prevent anyone but two attorneys from seeing the information.

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