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NY--Accused New York priest passes away

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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

Accused New York priest passes away

He molested young seminarians & worked in Goshen

After his victims came forward, cleric was sent to Rome


He was subject of newspaper investigation on "runaway priests"


Victims blast Cardinal Dolan & religious order for “continuing secrecy”

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is disclosing that a New York Catholic priest who was accused of molesting children has passed away. Investigative reporters discovered Mataconis "in hiding" in Rome.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2004/runawaypriests/
  

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Chile-- Victims blast Catholic Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, one of the newly appointed cardinals by Pope Francis

For immediate release Monday, January 27

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) Juan Carlos Cruz, JCCruz1@aol.com

 

Victims blast Catholic Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, one of the newly appointed cardinals by Pope Francis

 

They criticize his "self-serving" plea

 

He claims those molested should "look forward and trust the Church”

 

They counter: "But kids are still being abused now and mostly the Chilean hierarchy continues to cover up and hide, protecting themselves and their own and have complete disregard for survivors"

 

And cover ups continue too, support group maintains 

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MA--Victims blast MA Church officials over predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 27

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

It's troubling that Worcester Catholics seem to be the last to be told about credible child sex abuse allegations against a local priest.

http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2014/01/lancaster_priest_faces_abuse_a.html#comments

Catholic officials admit they've already told police and Vatican officials about accusations against Fr. Edward P. Lettic. But only yesterday did they tell parishioners at his Lancaster parish.  

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MN--Crookston diocese discloses predator names

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 27

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

Crookston Catholic officials made a shrewd move on Friday when they released a list of child molesting clerics.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/content/crookston-diocese-releases-list-accused-priests

We storngly suspect it's an incomplete list. And we stronlgly suspete that Catholic officials took this step because they feared that a judge would soon order them to do so.  

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IL--School abuse case settles out of court

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

School abuse case settles out of court

It involves child sex case against teacher & others

Young woman who was repeatedly violated to get $100,000

Support group commends victim for having courage to come forward

A civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a southern Illinois teacher and school district has settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

http://metropolisplanet.com/bookmark/24432027/article-Unit-One-settles-sexual-abuse-lawsuit. 

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CT- Prosecutors should investigate scandal-ridden Catholic group

Statement by David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director

Today, a national Catholic newspaper is calling for police and prosecutors to investigate the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ which operates in Connecticut and across the world.

We agree.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/editorial-legions-record-calls-criminal-investigation

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Canada- Orthodox archbishop guilty of abuse

For immediate release Friday, January 24, 2014

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, CA, Orthodox Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

We are extremely grateful that Archbishop Seraphim Storheim has been found guilty of child sex abuse today. We also understand how difficult it is to accuse a respected man of the cloth, so we would like to thank the two men who courageously testified about what they had suffered. Without their bravery, this conviction would not have been possible and kids would still be at risk.

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KY bishop promoted to PA post

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 242014

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

The Vatican has made another depressing appointment by promoting Lexington Bishop Ronald Gainer to head the Harrisburg diocese. In fact, this may be Pope Francis' most distressing promotion yet.

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IL- Another Chicago priest is sued

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014

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)

We commend the courageous victim of an abusive priest and Scout leader who is seeking justice. Kids being abused by more than one predator is more common than many would ever expect.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-lawsuit-tag-team-of-former-priest-exscout-leader-molested-kids-20140123,0,2869239.story

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MI- Victims applaud priest's child porn sentence

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014

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)

We are grateful that this criminal priest will be kept away from kids for a long time. But there's more work for church officials - Lutheran and Catholic - to do.

http://www.freep.com/article/20140123/NEWS03/301230090/timothy-murray-father-sentenced

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DC- Sex offender attacks his monitors

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 23

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 convicted sex offender, Dennis Sobin of Washington DC, is putting the names and photos of children's advocates and legislators on a website, attacking them for backing sex offender registries.

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FL- Historic verdict in Baptist child sex abuse case

For immediate release Thursday January 23, 2014

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 Florida jury has awarded $12.5 million to a man who, as a child, was sexually abused by a Baptist minister. Earlier, another Florida jury found the Florida Baptist Convention liable for the crimes because it refused to take minimal prevention steps.

http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78973906/

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