Media Statements

TX--Church disciplines wrongdoer’s wife

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

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

We are deeply skeptical of claims by officials at a Dallas church that they have “without exception” reported suspicions and knowledge of child sex crimes to law enforcement.” If they did, we doubt they did so promptly and fully. And we are deeply grateful to the brave woman who is exposing possible child sex crimes at the church.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/church.disciplines.wife.for.wanting.to.divorce.husband.who.admitted.paedophile.leanings/54480.htm  

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AUSTRALIA- Victims to Pope: demand Cardinal returns to Australia to testify

For immediate release: Friday, May 22, 2015

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, founder and president of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

 

We urge Pope Francis to demand that Australia’s highest ranking Catholic official, Cardinal George Pell, return to his home country to face questions from the Royal Commission investigating sex crimes and cover up. The Cardinal has been implicated in the cover up.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/22/bill-shorten-calls-on-cardinal-george-pell-to-return-to-give-evidence-on-child-abuse

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OR--Victims urge ministers to shun church over abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, May 22

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 urge Portland’s religious leaders to shun officials at a local church and we urge local law enforcement to charge those church officials with obstructing justice, evidence tampering, witness intimidation or other offenses because of how they dealt with a predatory pastor.

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2015/05/youth_pastor_admits_to_sexually_abusing_boys_prays_for_healing.html  

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Australia--Pope must force Pell to testify

Friday 22 May, 2015

Media Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

nicky@nickydavis.com.au

0422 538 440

Pope Francis moved Cardinal George Pell to Rome from Australia. Now, the pontiff must force Pell to testify before a governmental panel.

Serious allegations against Pell have repeatedly been raised - both through sworn testimony and through media interviews.   

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MI-- Abusive Catholic teacher pleads guilty

For immediate release: Thursday, May 21

Statement by SNAP leader Bill McAlary (616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a child molesting Catholic school teacher has pled guilty to more crimes and we hope she’ll get a very stiff sentence that keeps her away from kids for a long time.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/d8f4fbb6a272482eb6a69ef2ba45eaa1/MI--High-School-Teacher-Sex   

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WA--New Spokane bishop takes office

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

Today, Spokane Catholics get a new bishop. We’re worried about how he’ll deal with clergy sex abuse cases.

Thomas Anthony Daly has spent time in the San Francisco archdiocese (26 publicly accused predator priests) and the San Jose diocese (12 publicly accused predator priests). He was promoted to head a seminary by the highly controversial and secretive Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.      

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UK--Victims group responds to alarming abuse stats

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

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

Though the figures are alarming, we are deeply grateful that the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has disclosed that more than 1,400 prominent men are accused child sex abuse. Even more, we are deeply grateful to the hundreds of brave, wounded men, women and teenagers who have found the strength to break their silence and report their abuse. Their courage is making kids safer.    

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FL--Another FL predator priest is exposed

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13

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

Yet another victim of clergy sex crimes charges that Miami Catholic officials quietly put a pedophile priest back on the job among unsuspecting families, according to a new lawsuit.

http://www.local10.com/news/lawsuit-filed-against-archdiocese-of-miami-in-sexual-assault-case/33122902   

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MN--SNAP blasts new archdiocesan PR man

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 20

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

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s new PR man may be worse than his old one. Tom Halden is choosing to “spin” for both complicit officials AND for predator priests too.   

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MN--Archbishop breaking church policy on accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 19

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

Another Twin Cities priest is accused of abuse and again, Catholic officials aren’t honoring their pledges.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/19/richfield-priest-on-leave-after-credible-abuse-allegations/  

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IL--Abuse settlements will "keep trickling in

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)       

Another abuse and cover-up lawsuit against Chicago Catholic official has been settled. 

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/615837/attorney-1-25m-settlement-sex-abuse-suit-archdiocese-ex-priest-daniel-mccormack    

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WA--Group praises victim in new abuse settlement

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP, 314 566 9790SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Another brave adult has forced Catholic officials to admit wrongdoing in a child sex abuse and cover up case. Though we're very saddened by her suffering, we are also deeply proud of and grateful to Jerri Hubbard for having the courage to disclose her pain and expose church wrongdoers.
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