Vatican seems to miss deadline

Catholic officials apparently ignore request

UN panel seeks info about crimes & cover ups

Hierarchy was supposed to reply by Nov. 1

Victims blast top church staff for “stonewalling”

“Again, prelates thumb their noses at secular authorities,” SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, November 8, 2013

For more information: Barbara Blaine (+1-312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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MO - More secrecy & delay by Finn in new clergy sex case

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 7, 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)

A cleric at a Kansas City Catholic school has been fired allegedly because of one 'suspicious' and sexual picture on a school computer, church officials say. We are troubled and skeptical.

http://fox4kc.com/2013/11/07/kc-catholic-school-leader-fired-over-suspicious-photos-on-computer/

Again, Bishop Robert Finn and his staff delayed in telling police and the public about the disturbing photo.

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KY - Predator priest can stand trial; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 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)

We are relieved and grateful that Fr. Shook will be brought to justice.  For far too long in far too many cases, Catholic officials who commit and conceal child sex crimes succeed in “running out the clock” and escaping responsibility for their reckless, callous and deceitful crimes.

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NY - Catholic female teacher accused of rape; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, board chair of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 231 1663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com)

A Westchester Catholic school teacher is accused of raping a 14 year old boy.

http://westchester.news12.com/news/stepinac-h-s-rocked-by-rape-allegations-against-former-teacher-amanda-iles-1.6392992

While any child sex abuse is horrific, it’s even harder when women sexually violate boys. I know. I was sexually abused as a youngster by a Catholic nun.

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GA - Priest who worked in Atlanta area is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 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)

Catholic officials in Baltimore and Springfield MA are disclosing credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Michael Kolodziej who belongs to a religious order called the Franciscans and who worked at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, GA from 2010 until his recent suspension.

http://www.iobserve.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=2936&cntnt01origid=57&cntnt01returnid=58

We urge Archbishop Wilton Gregory to post notices about Fr. Michael Kolodziej read at all Atlanta archdiocesan parishes. 

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MA - Priest who worked in Springfield is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 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 are grateful that Springfield Catholic officials are disclosing credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Michael Kolodziej who belongs to a religious order called the Franciscans and who worked in Chicopee.

Far too often, bishops let religious order clerics into their dioceses but suddenly pretend they have no responsibility for them when they assault kids.

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CO - Victims praise prosecutors in Boulder church abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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

We are deeply grateful to Boulder authorities for charging two church staff and two church officials with “duty to report child abuse.”

http://www.9news.com/news/article/363148/339/PD-Church-officials-delayed-reporting-sex-assault

http://www.dailycamera.com/longmont-news/ci_24466021/boulder-police-ticket-vinelife-church-officials-failing-report

All too often, church employees and members selfishly try to handle known or suspected child sex crimes privately. All too often, they foolishly put the reputation of their institution above the well-being of the innocent. 

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MN - Lutheran official says Catholic bishops misled him

Internal memo shows church dispute

Lutherans say they were “unaware” of costs

And they’re refusing to pay for expensive lobbying

Dispute stems from Catholic-led effort against child sex victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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

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MO - Carlson wants suit dropped; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday November 6, 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)

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson didn’t get what he wanted this morning – the immediate dismissal of perhaps the most serious clergy sex abuse and cover up suit the archdiocese has ever faced. It charges Fr. Joseph Jiang of molesting a girl as recently as 2012. And it charges Carlson with attempted witness tampering.

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2013/11/06/joseph-jiang-st-louis-archdiocese-lawsuit-dismissal/3455053/

We're grateful that the judge is taking this case under advisement. Carlson faces six charges in the suit. If even one of them is upheld, this brave family may get to expose the corruption and complicity of top Catholic officials in court. 

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MN - Catholic priest loses at MN Supreme Court; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Statement by SNAP leader Megan Peterson (218-689-9049, Survivor19@live.com)

A law banning clergy from sexual contact with congregants has been upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. This is a victory for every man and woman who has been sexually exploited by priests, ministers, rabbis and other clerics.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_24466753/st-paul-priests-criminal-sex-conviction-upheld-high

We are grateful that Minnesota's highest court has upheld a law criminalizing the sexual exploitation of adults by clergy.

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MO - Victims challenge KC bishop on two priests

One was convicted of stealing from churches

The other was ousted from parish last Friday

Sex abuse victims want bishop to be more “open

Neither, as best SNAP can tell, faces child sex allegations

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

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

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MO - SNAP: Archbishop continues decades-long pattern of “legal dodging”

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 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)

Today, Archbishop Robert Carlson is trying to have the most troubling child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit in the archdiocese’s history tossed out of court. Shame on him.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/St-Louis-archdiocese-seeks-abuse-suit-dismissal-4959412.php

The suit charges Carlson with attempted witness tampering. It involves Fr. Joseph Jiang’s alleged abuse of a girl that ended in the summer of 2012. Fr. Jiang reportedly left a $20,000 check for the victim’s parents after they learned and confronted him about his crimes.

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