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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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MO - Catholic bishop appeals to MO Supreme Court

No names of pedophile priests will be turned over today

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

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

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IRE - Victims applaud N.I. abuse inquiry

For immediate release Monday, January 13, 2014

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

A formal governmental inquiry into child sex crimes and maltreatments at Northern Ireland institutions – many run by Catholic organizations – begins today.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/13/care-home-abuse-inquiry-northern-ireland 

Our hearts break for these thousands of brave victims of child molesting clerics, many of whom suffered years of abuse at the hands of those entrusted with their care. Several hundred will offer testimony. We suspect that many more cannot or will not because they continue to struggle and suffer today.

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MN - Catholic officials want more secrecy; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2013

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (952-334-5180frankameuers@gmail.com)

Minnesota Catholic officials want a judge to give them a break and slow down the forced disclosure of names of priests who are accused of abuse. That’s irresponsible.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/11/catholic-officials-want-more-time-before-naming-priests-recently-accused-of-sexual-abuse

Any such delay would endanger kids. These accused priests have already been protected and hidden and transferred for decades. No good comes from further delay.

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SNAP responds to new Catholic cardinals

For immediate release: Sunday, Jan. 12, 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)

We are grateful that Pope Francis named none of the eligible U.S. archbishops (Chaput of Philadelphia, Vigneron of Detroit, and Lori of Baltimore) as a new cardinal.

 

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Rome--Vatican again protects a predator

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 10

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)

Today, there’s yet another clear sign ththat nothing’s changing in the Catholic hierarchy: Vatican officials are refusing to extradite a credibly accused child molesting church official.

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/158234,Vatican-refuses-to-extradite-Polish-archbishop-accused-of-child-sex-abuse

Pope Francis can ride buses, carry luggage, charm reporters and be humble all he wants. If he wants to stop kids from being raped and sodomized, however, he must act. He must reverse the centuries-old practice of Vatican officials protecting other Catholic officials from law enforcement. And he’s not a young man. He should start now. 

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NY - Christian school in Bronx sued for abuse

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 9, 2014

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

A brave you woman is suing New Covenant Christian School in the Bronx for the child sexual abuse she suffered there.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/01/new_christian_covenant_school_abuse_suit.php

We applaud Shannon Young for having the courage to step forward and reveal the abuse she suffered at the hands of Edward Mills, a teacher at New Covenant Christian School and for having the wisdom to work within the judicial system. Because of her lawsuit, filed on Monday in State Supreme court in the Bronx, the community will be warned about Mills and can take steps to protect the children.

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MO - Archbishop loses at appeal court

Archbishop loses at appeals court

Victim is “a step closer” to getting 115 accused predators’ names

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

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

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KY - Victims question whether offender should be attorney

For immediate release: Thursday, January 9, 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 convicted child sex offender wants to become an attorney.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/05/sex-offender-looks-to-gain-admission-to-kentucky-bar/ 

We should think long and hard before giving positions of power and prestige to convicted child sex offenders. Adults who sexually exploit kids often also exploit their job titles and professional status to gain access to vulnerable families and hurt children.

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IL - To Chicago Priests

Dear Chicago priest:

By now, you’ve seen a letter that Cardinal George wants you to give your flock this weekend. Please ask yourself this question: “Does that letter help protect the vulnerable?”

It does not.

And ask yourself: “Does that letter help heal the wounded, expose wrongdoers or deter wrongdoing?”

Again, it does not.

The letter burnishes your boss’ image. It misleads people. It causes complacency.  Because it is self-serving and deceptive, it rubs salt into the already-deep and often still-fresh wounds of suffering victims and betrayed Catholics.

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