MN - New assistant MN bishop isn’t reform, SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 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)

The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese is getting a new assistant bishop, Fr. Andrew H. Cozzens. This isn’t reform.

Catholic bishops and church lawyers are causing this scandal. So this week, the archdiocese is getting an extra bishop and more church lawyers. (The head of the new abuse ‘task force’ is a lawyer, as are several members of the panel. The person Archbishop John Nienstedt picked to pick the ‘task force,’ Fr. Reginald Whitt, is also a lawyer.)

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MN - Child molesting cleric gets monthly bonus

For immediate release: Friday, October 11, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy, Executive Director, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 7234 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63143 (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A priest who was found guilty of child sex abuse by a jury is still a priest, is unsupervised, lives in a $500,000 lakeside home and gets extra payments above his retirement.

Minnesota Public Radio disclosed that Fr. Robert Kapoun, who was found guilty of abuse in 1996, also spends half of each year living in Florida.

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IL - Statute of limitations run out on priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, October 10, 2013                                               

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

We are upset that Illinois's archaic and predatory friendly laws prevent prosecutors from pursuing charges against Fr. Robert “Bud” DeGrand.

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Robber admits false claim

For immediate release: Thursday, October 10, 2013           

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

We are appalled that this criminal would pretend to have been victimized. Shame on him. We are grateful he was caught.

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MN- Two more lawyers to advise archbishop; "Ho hum" SNAP says

Two more lawyers to advise archbishop; "Ho hum" SNAP says

For immediate release: Wednesday Oct. 9, 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)

Ho hum. Another church abuse panel. It’s the same old, same old.

First, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese had such a panel in 1995:

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MN - Proven predator priest gets extra pay & no supervision; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

Statement by Bob Schwiderski (952 471 3422, skibrs@q.com), Minnesota SNAP director

Twin Cities Catholic officials are giving extra pay to a predator priest and refusing to supervise him even though he was found guilty of child sex crimes at a trial.

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20131009/NEWS01/310090022/For-an-accused-Cold-Spring-priest-retirement-income-came-premium

In 1996, a jury declared Fr. Robert Kapoun guilty of molesting Dale Scheffler. 

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PA - Predator priest’s bail is reduced; SNAP worries

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 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)

We are disappointed and worried by the bail reduction for Fr. Robert L. Brennan.

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9279874                     

Kids are safest when predators are jailed. And despite Fr. Brennan’s long ties to Philadelphia, we fear he may flee overseas if given a chance, knowing that he likely faces a long sentence if convicted.

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MN- Police re-open investigation of priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 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)

We are grateful this step has been taken – the re-opening of the investigation into Fr. Jonathan Shelley’s alleged child porn - but we're confused as to why law enforcement officials weren't more aggressive about this case to begin with. And are outraged that Catholic officials refused to turn over evidence to police when asked to do so.

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MI - Ex Detroit bishop is in firestorm of controversy

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 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)

Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, formerly of Detroit, is coming under fire for ignoring and concealing the alleged child sex crimes of at least two Minnesota priests - Fr. Jonathan Shelley and Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer.

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PA - 19 more Sandusky suits settle

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

These settlements close no chapter in this sad saga. More remains hidden about which and how Penn State officials ignored and concealed Sandusky's crimes.

While these checks may help some victims heal, they shed no light on the crucial questions about cover ups. That will only happen through criminal and civil trials, which we hope will happen soon.

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AK - Alaska man is sentenced

Sex abuse victims seek help from Anchorage citizens

"Speak up if you saw, suspected or suffered his misdeeds," SNAP says

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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MN - Even more damning evidence of archdiocesan cover up; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Statement by Bob Schwiderski of SNAP (952 471 3422, skibrs@q.com)

“There is no record of anyone contacting police. (Archbishop Harry) Flynn allowed (Fr. Jonathan) Shelley to return to ministry.” Those two damning sentences are from the latest disturbing Minnesota Public Radio report outlining the secretive, irresponsible and likely illegal way Twin Cities Catholic officials hid thousands of pornographic pictures on Fr. Jonathan Shelley’s computer.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/07/new-documents-show-church-leaders-debated-legality-of-priests-pornography/

Fr. Shelley’s computers should have been given to law enforcement at the first hint of sexual impropriety. But MPR reports that in 2004 “a private investigator that found that many of the depictions" on Fr. Shelley’s computer “could be considered borderline illegal, because of the youthful-looking male image.” That too should have prompted Catholic officials to give the computers to police.

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