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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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Vatican seems to miss deadline

Catholic officials apparently ignore request

UN panel seeks info about crimes & cover ups

Hierarchy was supposed to reply by Nov. 1

Victims blast top church staff for “stonewalling”

“Again, prelates thumb their noses at secular authorities,” SNAP says

For immediate release: Friday, November 8, 2013

For more information: Barbara Blaine (+1-312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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MO - More secrecy & delay by Finn in new clergy sex case

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 7, 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)

A cleric at a Kansas City Catholic school has been fired allegedly because of one 'suspicious' and sexual picture on a school computer, church officials say. We are troubled and skeptical.

http://fox4kc.com/2013/11/07/kc-catholic-school-leader-fired-over-suspicious-photos-on-computer/

Again, Bishop Robert Finn and his staff delayed in telling police and the public about the disturbing photo.

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KY - Predator priest can stand trial; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 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 relieved and grateful that Fr. Shook will be brought to justice.  For far too long in far too many cases, Catholic officials who commit and conceal child sex crimes succeed in “running out the clock” and escaping responsibility for their reckless, callous and deceitful crimes.

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NY - Catholic female teacher accused of rape; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, board chair of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 231 1663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com)

A Westchester Catholic school teacher is accused of raping a 14 year old boy.

http://westchester.news12.com/news/stepinac-h-s-rocked-by-rape-allegations-against-former-teacher-amanda-iles-1.6392992

While any child sex abuse is horrific, it’s even harder when women sexually violate boys. I know. I was sexually abused as a youngster by a Catholic nun.

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GA - Priest who worked in Atlanta area is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 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)

Catholic officials in Baltimore and Springfield MA are disclosing credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Michael Kolodziej who belongs to a religious order called the Franciscans and who worked at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, GA from 2010 until his recent suspension.

http://www.iobserve.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=2936&cntnt01origid=57&cntnt01returnid=58

We urge Archbishop Wilton Gregory to post notices about Fr. Michael Kolodziej read at all Atlanta archdiocesan parishes. 

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MA - Priest who worked in Springfield is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 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 that Springfield Catholic officials are disclosing credible child sex abuse allegations against Fr. Michael Kolodziej who belongs to a religious order called the Franciscans and who worked in Chicopee.

Far too often, bishops let religious order clerics into their dioceses but suddenly pretend they have no responsibility for them when they assault kids.

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CO - Victims praise prosecutors in Boulder church abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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

We are deeply grateful to Boulder authorities for charging two church staff and two church officials with “duty to report child abuse.”

http://www.9news.com/news/article/363148/339/PD-Church-officials-delayed-reporting-sex-assault

http://www.dailycamera.com/longmont-news/ci_24466021/boulder-police-ticket-vinelife-church-officials-failing-report

All too often, church employees and members selfishly try to handle known or suspected child sex crimes privately. All too often, they foolishly put the reputation of their institution above the well-being of the innocent. 

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MN - Lutheran official says Catholic bishops misled him

Internal memo shows church dispute

Lutherans say they were “unaware” of costs

And they’re refusing to pay for expensive lobbying

Dispute stems from Catholic-led effort against child sex victims

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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

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