TX - Houston's top Catholic official wins national post

For immediate release: Nov. 12, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

Houston’s Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is the new vice-president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). We believe he’s a terrible choice.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-usa-religion-bishopsconference-idUKBRE9AB03W20131112

Regarding the safety of children, his record in Sioux City was abysmal. His record in Houston shows no improvement.

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NY - In reversal, Brooklyn DA pursues case vs. whistleblower

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 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We are appalled that Charles Hynes and Michael Vecchione of the Brooklyn DA’s office are ignoring the recommendations of experienced prosecutors and inexplicably deciding to pursue a case against a brave whistleblower, Sam Kellner.

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york-news/chasidic-whistleblower-case-suffers-setback

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Vatican - Date set for Catholic officials to appear in Geneva

They will face questions from United Nations panel

But church hierarchy has missed Nov. 1st deadline

They were to answer questions about abuse crisis

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Contact: Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, +1 312 399 4747, snapblaine@gmail.com

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PA - Victims blast archbishop over latest priest case

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Statement by Karen Polesir of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (267-992-9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com)

A Philly priest, Fr. John P. Paul, says he’s stepping down because of “stress” caused by reports that he molested two kids. And Philly Catholic officials now claim that that they’re investigating and that despite the two allegations, church officials “allowed (him) to remain at (a) parish with restrictions that prohibited him from having unsupervised contact with minors.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20131111_Pastor_resigns_following_sex-abuse_allegations.html#Eicfkr3IkXl3aV7b.99

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Priest_resigns_amid_abuse_investigation.html

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MN - Archbishop promises partial predator list

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 11, 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)

Archbishop John Neinstedt now says he’ll release a partial list of predator priests.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/catholic-church/archbishop-pledges-to-release-names-of-priests-who-sexually-abused-childr

“If Twin Cities pedophile priests now live in Rochester or Winona or Duluth, tough luck. We’re not gonna tell you who or where they are.”

That’s the message Archbishop John Neinstedt is sending to Minnesota parents. We deliberately use the word “citizens” here and not “parishioners” because child molesting Catholic clerics don’t just hurt Catholic kids. They also sexually assault kids from other denominations, because they’re relatives, they live nearby or for a wide range of reasons.

 “If a Twin Cities pedophile priest sexually assaulted you and is now deceased, tough luck. We’re not gonna disclose the names of any deceased predator, no matter how many kids he’s hurt, how recently he died or how egregiously we covered up for him.”

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MN - “Worse revelation yet” in MN archdiocese, SNAP says

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 11, 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)

In a long string of horrific revelations over the past few weeks about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Twin Cities archdiocese, today’s disclosures may be the worst.

Why are the revelations about Fr. Clarence Vavra potentially the worst yet?

Because he’s an admitted serial pedophile and because he’s never been “outed” until today, so who knows how many more kids he’s been able to sexually assault because Twin Cities Catholic officials continue to act selfishly and secretively.

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MO - Archdiocese claims its abuse costs rising

It says it’s spent more than $10 million over a decade

More than 70% of money spent goes to church lawyers

In six of ten years, church pays more to its lawyers than to victims

For immediate release:  Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

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SD - Predator priest admits molesting SD kids

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 11, 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)

In 1995, a Catholic priest admitted sexually assaulting several kids on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Yet no Catholic official ever told anyone about him.

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VA - Virginia pastor arrested for abusing a child, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-801- 6044, snapvirginia@cox.net)

Larry Clark, a pastor with Cornerstone Pentecostal Outreach Church in Verona, VA was arrested Thursday for sexually abusing a boy in 2011.

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NJ - Prosecutor blasts Newark archbishop

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 8, 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

Prosecutors have reached a highly unusual deal with a Fr. Michael Fugee, a Newark predator priest who was to be kept away from kids by Archbishop John Myers and his staff but was not.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/Accused_priest_Fugee_pleads_guilty_to_contempt_agrees_to_leave_priesthood.html

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LA - Victims blast bishop for secrecy about predator

For immediate release Friday, November 8, 2013

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

An Alexandria predator priest has been ordered to live a "life of prayer and penance."

http://www.diocesealex.org/articles/2013/11/alexandria-priest-imposed-life-prayer-and-penance

Shame on Alexandria Bishop Ronald P. Herzog for issuing perhaps the most vague and unhelpful notice about a child molesting cleric we have seen in years.

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IL - Again, Catholic officials refuse to call police, SNAP responds

For immediate release Friday, November 8, 2013

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

We are alarmed that Chicago Catholic officials never contacted police, prosecutors or the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services about alleged “sexually explicit photographs” of a girl at a parochial school.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-investigating-lewd-photos-more-serious-crime-at-catholic-high-school-20131108,0,6132094.story 

It is stunning that Hales Franciscan High School principal Jeffrey Gray told the Chicago Tribune that "We did not think it was a criminal act because it [was] dealing with minors.” At best, that’s alarmingly wrong-headed. At worst, it’s a lie. 

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