Media Statements

MN - Victims applaud suit vs. Catholic center

For immediate release: Tuesday November 19, 2013
 
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

 
An unusual new clergy child sex abuse and cover up suit charges that a Catholic facility is negligent for enabling predator priests to be put back on the job, sometimes even after the clerics admit to sexually assaulting kids. We applaud this novel approach. Kids are safer when all institutions the protect pedophiles are held responsible, not just the sex offenders’ direct supervisors.
 
http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/1674/Media-Advisory-Saint-Luke-Institute-Father-Francis-Hoefgen-Named-in-Sexual-Abuse-Lawsuit-.aspx
 
This is the second time in a week that a Twin Cities area predator priest who admitted molesting kids and was put back on the job is in the news. (The other: Fr. Clarence Vavra)

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CA - Victims want bishop to admit few allegations are false

For immediate release: Tuesday November 19, 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 worried that some victims of child sex crimes will be even more afraid to report predators in light of the damage award in the recent case involving a Catholic school teacher.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Jury-Girls-Parents-Liable-For-Calling-Catholic-Teacher-as-Perv-232338691.html

It's extremely tough for men, women and kids who were sexually assaulted as children to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing. Most victims never tell of the horror they endured. So most predators are never charged, convicted or jailed. And so the horrific cycle of violence and pain continues, and millions of children's lives are shattered every year.

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OK - Alleged predator priest who lived in OK gets “off the hook"

Two local Catholic bishops should do “outreach,” victims say

Accused in two states, they fear he may have hurt OK kids too

A jury awarded one of his victims $4 million but cleric has paid little

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

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

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NC - Alleged predator priest, now in NC, gets “off the hook"

Local Catholic bishops should do “outreach,” victims say

Accused in 2 states, they fear he may have hurt kids here too

A jury awarded one of his victims $4 million but cleric has paid little

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

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

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MO - Victims applaud judge's ruling on disclosure

For immediate release, Friday November 15, 2013

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

We are grateful that today, Judge Dierker is largely standing by his earlier ruling and is insisting that archdiocesan officials turn over records about child molesting priests, nuns, deacons, teachers, brothers and other church employees.

Our understanding is that Archbishop Robert Carlson has 30 days to comply with the judge's order.

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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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