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IL - Chicago Jesuit is accused of molesting in Michigan

For immediate release, Friday November 15, 2013

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

The Chicago Jesuit hierarchy is handling the new case of credible child sex abuse allegations against a priest who molested a Michigan boy.

http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=971914#.UoZV3PmUSn9

The Marquette Michigan diocese says it has received and deemed credible an accusation that Father Bernard (“Fr. Ben”) Van der molested a boy in 1989 while substituting for a vacationing Marquette priest.

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MN - Nienstedt hires another Catholic figure; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 14, 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)

Embattled Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt has hand-picked another bureaucrat to help him cling to and repair his damaged reputation. She’s Kathleen McChesney, who was hired by America’s bishops to head their new Office of Child Protection a decade ago.

McChesney is the quintessential bureaucrat, unwilling to challenge corruption and anxious to please her bosses.  She was no ‘profile in courage’ when she helped US bishops out of a jam a decade ago. We doubt she will be now.

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MO - Archdiocese in court Friday, seeks to limit discovery

Archbishop wants to give less info to victim

Carlson’s lawyers will try tomorrow to limit judge’s ruling

Case involves convicted predator priest who abused in 2000

Catholic officials have been ordered to turn over 20 years of records

The documents would cover child sex abuse allegations vs. all church employees

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

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

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MD - Priest, accused of abuse in Baltimore, gets “off the hook"

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

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


A credibly accused predator priest who spent time at three institutions in Baltimore and is accused of molesting in Maryland got “off the hook” yesterday when a court ruling ended a lawsuit against him and his church supervisors.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/12/news/augusta/supreme-court-rules-against-augusta-man-in-his-suit-against-diocese-over-priest-abuse/

Fr. Raymond P. Melville worked at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Locust Point (1980 to 1984), the University of Maryland Hospital (1982 to 1983), and attended the University of Baltimore and St. Mary's Seminary (1979 to 1985). Fr. Melville’s been accused of abusing while at the seminary (as well as in Maine).

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MO- Victims blast Catholic officials over new ruling

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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)

An appeals court says a clergy sex abuse and cover up suit against a Kansas City Catholic bishop and priest must be tossed out because the alleged crimes did not happen directly on church property.

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/12/4616191/missouri-appeals-court-affirms.html

Congratulations again to Bishop Robert Finn for successfully finding and using another legal loophole to keep the cover ups of Fr. Michael Tierney's crimes covered up.

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SD - Law enforcement opens probe into SD predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

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


We are grateful that South Dakota law enforcement officials are doing what Minnesota and South Dakota Catholic officials refuse to do – taking seriously the admitted child sex crimes of Fr. Clarence Vavra.

Today, Minnesota Public Radio reports that an investigation has been opened “into alleged sexual abuse of children by a Minnesota priest” who admitted molesting kids on a reservation in South Dakota.

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MO - While KC porn-hider sits with them, US bishops to opine on porn

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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)

While a bishop convicted of hiding child pornography sits among them, today America’s bishops voted to write a formal statement on pornography.

The child pornography - hundreds of photos - belonged to a Catholic priest. Many of the photos were of young girls from Catholic parishes and were taken by the priest.

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USA-Bishops to opine on porn while convicted porn-hider sits among them

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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)

While a bishop convicted of hiding child pornography sits among them, today America’s bishops voted to write a formal statement on pornography.

The child pornography - hundreds of photos - belonged to a Catholic priest. Many of the photos were of young girls from Catholic parishes and were taken by the priest.

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/06/3800269/bishop-finn-verdict-guilty.html

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ME - Clergy abuse case v. Maine diocese loses; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

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

A clergy sex abuse victim has lost his bid to expose Maine Catholic officials who have ignored and concealed the heinous crimes of a predator priest.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/12/news/augusta/supreme-court-rules-against-augusta-man-in-his-suit-against-diocese-over-priest-abuse/

Our hearts ache for William Picher. Despite his betrayal – first, by a predator priest and later, by that priest’s complicit colleagues – Picher is being denied a right guaranteed to most crime victims: his day in court.

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AK - Victims challenge Juneau bishop in his new national post

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 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)

Juneau’s top Catholic official is the new head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Child and Youth Protection.”

http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/committee-chairmen-elections

We call on Bishop Edward Burns to take two immediate steps.

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PA - Philly archbishop loses his bid for higher office

For immediate: November 12, 2013

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

We are grateful that Archbishop Charles Chaput's bid for higher office has failed. He got just 20 out of 236 votes in his bid for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/usccb-elects-new-president-vice-president

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KY - Victims sad about Louisville Catholic archbishop's promotion

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

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

It’s disappointing that Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is the new president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. His predecessor, Cardinal Tim Dolan, did a terrible job. We don’t expect Kurtz to do any better.

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