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IL- Victims want more prosecution efforts

Victims want more prosecution efforts

For immediate release Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Statement by Kate Botche, SNAP leader (630-768-1860, keight@sbcglobal.net)

We are here to call on every Chicagoland law enforcement agency within the boundaries of the Chicago archdiocese to simply try harder to pursue Catholic staff who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

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MI--Detroit priest to be sentenced for child porn; SNAP responds

Detroit priest to be sentenced for child porn; SNAP responds

For immediate release Wednesday, January 22

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

A Detroit priest will be sentenced tomorrow for child porn. We hope he gets the maximum sentence.

http://www.freep.com/article/20140121/NEWS05/301210132/Catholic-priest-abuse-child-pornography-Lutheran 

Father Timothy Murray escaped prosecution for sexually assaulting a child - even though he admitted the crimes - due to archaic statute of limitations on these crimes. He has now been convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography and is awaiting sentencing. 

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MO- Trial set for predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 21 2014

For more information: David Clohessy, 314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com. SNAP, P.O. Box 6416, Chicago, IL 60680-6416

Trial set for predator priest

He was convicted before in 1980s

Now, he's accused of molesting again

Cleric was in three mid-Missouri counties

After leaving his Catholic post, he was a counselor

 

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Vatican- Defrocking is more defense strategy than child protection

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 17, 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)

This is a decades-late drop in bucket. Defrocking predator priests is less about safeguarding kids. It's more about church damage control.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-benedict-def. rocked-400-priests-years-article-1.1583143

Yesterday in Geneva, Catholic officials claimed to be essentially powerless over pedophile priests. Today, Catholic officials are saying how many they've defrocked.

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Vatican - Vatican releases defrocking stats on predator priests; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

The Vatican has released statistics on defrocking priests over a two year period. This is not progress.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/17/22340073-pope-benedict-defrocked-400-priests-n-2-years-report?lite

Numbers don't protect kids. Decisive action protects kids. Parents, police, prosecutors and parishioners need the names and whereabouts of every child molesting Catholic cleric. That's the information that the Vatican should be making public.

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CA - Catholic cleric, accused of abuse, still on the job

Accused cleric still on the job

He allegedly molested in Los Angeles

Now, his supervisors have sent him to MA

There, he's works as a chaplain in a shopping mall

For immediate release:  Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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MA - Accused cleric still on the job

He allegedly molested in California

Now, he's working as a mall chaplain

For immediate release:  Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

For more info: David Clohessy 314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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IL - Jesuit clerics who helped protect convicted serial predator

Father Daniel L. Flaherty, SJ, 10th Provincial (1973-1979)

2014Chicago Province, Chicago IL

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Daniel-Flaherty/52745168

Flaherty had access to all of McGuire’s files as provincial (1973-1979). When he became provincial, concerns about McGuire’s activities in Europe had already been reported, and the priest had also been asked to leave Loyola Academy. Despite this, in 1976, McGuire received permission from Flaherty to teach at the University of San Francisco. Flaherty also lived at Canisius House in Chicago with McGuire after the latter's 1993 evaluation at St. Luke's Institute in Suitland MD and his 1993-1994 treatment at St. John Vianney Hospital in Downingtown PA. Flaherty was supposed to be a member of his support team at Canisius House. However, Flaherty testified that he wasn’t aware of the nature of the treatment McGuire had received, and knew nothing about any of the restrictions that had been placed on McGuire’s activities.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/jesuits/McGuire_Donald/Punitive_Damages_Motion/Exhibits/McGuire_Exhibit_01.pdf

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IL - Chicago Catholic officials challenged on 2 predators

For immediate release: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Statement by Dave Groesch, 847-830-0707 dfgroesch@gmail.com

We are here today to warn the public about one child molesting cleric and nine complicit church officials.

First, Brother Damien Chong.

We don’t know a great deal about the allegations against Br. Chong. But they were revealed and posted on line by Los Angeles Catholic officials, along with credible allegations against dozens of other child molesting clerics – archdiocesan and religious order clerics – most of whom faced civil abuse and cover up lawsuits that settled.

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CA - Mahony and Pope concelebrate mass in Rome - Victims react

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 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)

Pope Francis just rubbed salt into the wounds of LA clergy sex abuse victims and Catholics.

Maybe more than any of his predecessors, Pope Francis is keenly aware that images and gestures matter. So why did he concelebrate mass and privately meet with America’s least deserving and most polarizing retired Catholic official – Cardinal Roger Mahony, on whose watch hundreds of children were raped, sodomized, fondled and assaulted by hundreds of priests, nuns, brothers, seminarians and other Catholic employees, many of whom were deliberately and repeatedly moved and protected by Mahony and his top aides?

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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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