MO - Victims blast ‘silly & deceptive’ church abuse report

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 8           

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

Two Kansas City Catholic officials, Bishop Robert Finn and Carrie Cooper, in an act of stunning callousness, have issued a four page abuse ‘report’ that is deceptive and pathetic and harmful. It hides key information, hurts victims, and helps no one.

http://www.diocese-kcsj.org/_docs/OCYP_Report_2013_final_reduced.pdf

First, today Shawn Ratigan is being sentenced. Finn and Cooper rub salt into the wounds of Ratigan’s victims by pulling a carefully-crafted public relations stunt on a long-awaited day of closure for those who have suffered and are suffering because of Ratigan’s crimes and Finn’s crimes.

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Letter to Bishop Zubik

Sept. 12, 2013

Dear Bishop Zubik:

We are members of a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to heal the wounded, protect the vulnerable and expose the truth.

Your soon-to-be newest public relations staffer, veteran journalist Ann Rodgers, has spent her professional career trying to expose the truth. We hope she’ll be better able to persuade you to do this than we have. We’ll keep trying, nonetheless.

Specifically, we want you to expose the truth about two priests: Fr. Alan E. Caparella and. Fr. Richard Deakin. Both spent time in Pittsburgh. Both molested elsewhere. Both faced civil lawsuits.

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SC - Child sex case filed vs. Citadel; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, September 12, 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)

A new civil lawsuit says that a youngster was sexually abused at the Citadel, later joined the staff there but was fired when he tried to stop others from being sexually assaulted.

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/23406292/citadel-faces-new-lawsuit-from-abused-camper-junior-staffer

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MO - Notorious KC predator priest to be sentenced

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 12, 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)

Shawn Ratigan should be locked up for as long as possible. He shows no signs of remorse or rehabilitation. Ample evidence suggests that he would commit more child sex crimes if ever given the chance to be around kids.

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AL – Church employee pleads guilty and walks free; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday September 11, 2013

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

An Alabama church employee who pled guilty to sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl won’t be going to prison.

Instead, Blake Jerrod Earl will be serving a year of unsupervised probation and counseling leaving him on the streets, free to harm children again. 

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NE - Records released on predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Records released on predator priest

He worked in Nebraska but abused in California

Support group urges Omaha Catholic officials to “do outreach

SNAP: “Some of victims may still be suffering in silence, shame and self-blame

 

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MT - Records of Montana predator priest are released

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

More than 30 pages of long-secret Catholic church records about a predator priest who worked in four Montana parishes have been made public as part of a 2007 settlement.

He is Fr. John Kohnke. He worked in Hingham, Sunburst, Chester and Shelby.

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More CA predator priest records released; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 8, 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)

Because brave clergy abuse survivors insisted on disclosure, more files about more California child molesting clerics are being released today. We beg California’s bishops to spread the word far and wide about these predators. But we seriously doubt that they will. And we urge the Vincentians to start defrocking Fr. Jerome Herff, “who told (an admitted predator priest) to flee after his 1987 confession and placed him back in ministry the following year” (according to the Associated Press).

Herff’s claims that he told Fr. Carlos Rodriguez to flee because he feared for the priest’s safety ring false. (If this is true, why didn’t he call the police?) And it doesn’t explain why Fr. Herff quickly put Fr. Rodriguez back on the job, even though Fr. Rodriguez admitted molesting kids.

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CA - Victims urge Stockton Bishop to Reconsider Bankruptcy

Sex Abuse Victims Urge Bankruptcy Delay

They Ask Bishop to “Listen To Flock” Before “Making Radical Moves”

Group Wants Open Meetings in Each Deanery Before Decision is Made 

They Fear Protracted Legal Process Will Mean “Wounds Will Keep Festering”

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 8, 2013

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

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NY - Albany predator priest case moves forward; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 8, 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 clergy sex abuse and cover up case involving an Albany Catholic priest will proceed, despite a pathetic effort by Albany’s bishop to exploit legal technicalities to keep the cover up covered up.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Judge-rejects-diocese-appeal-4797573.php

Bishop Howard Hubbard should accept the court’s ruling, stop further delays, and let this brave victim seek justice.

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CAN - Accused predator priest has court hearing today; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, September 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)

Father Damian Cooper, an accused predator Catholic priest, is expected to be in the Vancouver, BC courthouse (800 Smith Street) today.

http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/charged/cooper-father-lawrence-cooper/

An abuse and cover up lawsuit involving him was filed in December 2012 alleging that he sexually abused a teenage girl in the late 1980s to early 1990s. And an application was filed August 8th requesting the BC Supreme Court to order Vancouver Catholic officials to produce documents pertaining to Cooper’s crimes.

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IL - Bishop makes absurd abuse claim; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, September 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)

Controversial Springfield Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki is at it again. First, he claimed that child sex cases were the work of Satan. Now he claims that “of any institution in the country – perhaps in the world – I don’t think anyone is dealing with (child sex abuse) as responsibly as the Catholic Church has.”

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/bill-kellys-truth-squad/2013/sep/3/catholic-bishop-paprocki-anti-christian-bigotry-US/

How can he ignore the fact that one of his predecessors –Springfield bishop Daniel Ryan - resigned after abuse lawsuits against him were filed?

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