Media Statements

MN- Victims call on University to release full report

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN (Duluth, MN & Superior, WI) SNAP director (218- 340-1277, lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

St. Thomas University officials claim they’re blameless in the case of Fr. Michael Keating. No one should believe them until they release the full report of their so-called “investigation.” Even then, people should be skeptical.

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MN- Crookston bishop hid predator priest for a decade

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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

Newly released records show that Crookston's bishop kept silent about a credibly accused and suspended predator priest in Winona for at least a decade.

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MI- Credibly accused priest won’t be charged, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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

A credibly accused Michigan priest will not be charged for his crimes due to archaic statute of limitation laws. We are disappointed by this and hope church officials will remove him to a remote and secure treatment facility.

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MN- Teacher being held on sex charge

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

A female Catholic teacher is being held on a charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct.

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MN- Bishop blasted for 'premature' & 'secretive' move

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

It's interesting to note that Winona bishop John Michael Quinn says he plans to seek Chapter 11 protection even before a single trial or settlement or verdict happens, based just on his fears.

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PR- At least 17 Puerto Rico priests being investigated

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Authorities say that they are investigating at least 17 Puerto Rico priests for alleged child sex crimes. We hope anyone who has suffered child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Puerto Rico finds the courage to speak up.

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MN- Winona diocese on brink of bankruptcy, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 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)

The Diocese of Winona may declare bankruptcy, according to documents released today.

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NJ- Priest steps down after revelations of sexual abuse

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

A New Jersey Catholic priest has stepped down while officials investigate allegations of sexual abuse. He should have been suspended. And Newark church officials should disclose exactly when the abuse report was made and where the priest is now.

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TX- Two churches sued for negligence, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 3, 2014

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

Parents of a girl who was groomed by a former youth pastor are suing two Texas churches. We applaud the bravery of these parents for seeking justice and exposing wrongdoers.

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MN- Protestant pastor gets 24 years for child rape; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

At the risk of seeming simplistic, children are safer when predators are imprisoned. So we are grateful that a Twin Cities pastor has been sentenced to 24 years behind bars for raping two girls.

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OR- Pastor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

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

A pastor from Oregon has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a child from Utah. We are grateful to the brave victim and her parents for alerting law enforcement.

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TN- Man allegedly met victims through church, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

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

A registered sex offender in Nashville has been charged with child sexual crimes involving alleged victims he met at an Oregon church.

We are glad that law enforcement are working to find more victims.

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