NJ - Settlement shows NJ laws are archaic

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug 12

Statement by Mark Crawford New Jersey Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

There are two parts of this settlement. One is the money. The other is the papers.

It’s easy and tempting to focus on the money. But that’s missing the point. The real significance here is in the deposition and the documents. 

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IL victim prods Peoria diocese

For immediate release: August 13, 2013

Statement by Jeff Jones of SNAP (815 985 9441, jjones1007@gmail.com)

I am proud and grateful to be here today. Like Andrew Ward, I have played a small role in helping to uncover the corruption and complicity of the Catholic hierarchy in the Peoria Diocese. I know, from painful first-hand experience, that Peoria Catholic officials fight long and hard against victims. So I am proud of Andrew and his parents. They have achieved something here that very few victims have achieved – some long over-due truth and justice that will help protect others by deterring future cover ups.

I’m here because Andrew has settled his lawsuit. It was a long, hard battle. It involved one predator priest, one corrupt bishop and one troubled diocese. It settled for $1.35 million.

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NJ- Newark archbishop’s deposition to be released

Tomorrow in Newark, parents of a child sex abuse victim will

-- announce a settlement of a child sexual abuse and cover up case involving a priest,

-- release a deposition of Newark Archbishop John Myers and

-- release long-hidden church records about a predator priest.

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Letter to New Jersey Parishes

To the Staff at Oratory Preparatory School in Summit NJ,

To the Staff at St. Cecilia’s parish in Englewood NJ,

Newly released church records show that a credibly accused child molesting cleric, Fr. Joseph B. DiPeri, worked at your school/parish. He also worked in Jersey City, Newark, and Garfield (all in the Newark archdiocese.) He may well have also been assigned to or done substitute work in other parishes or Catholic institutions.

We in SNAP suspect you and/or your staff has known these facts – and maybe more facts - for years. If so, shame on you for your years of reckless, self-serving silence.

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MT - Predator priest worked in MT

Predator priest worked in MT

New records about him just released

Catholic officials should do outreach, group says

SNAP to bishops: “Don’t let his victims suffer in shame, isolation and self-blame

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Letter to New Jersey Bishops

Dear Newark Archbishop John Myers, Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski, and Trenton Bishop David O'Connell:

We have learned recently that three more credibly accused child molesting clerics have worked in your dioceses. Two (Fr. Eusebio Pantoja and Fr. Rubin Abaya) have never been “outed” here in New Jersey before today. One (Fr. Joseph B. DiPeri) was just “outed” here last week.

The three worked in Perth Amboy (Metuchen diocese), Rumson (Trenton diocese), and Jersey City, Newark, Garfield, Summit and Englewood (all in the Newark archdiocese.) They may have also been assigned to substitute work in other parishes or Catholic institutions.

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Catholic officials admits nun abuse is “invisible;” SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 9          

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

Next week, America’s largest group of nuns meets in Orlando. And today, a former top Catholic official publicly admits that child sex crimes by nuns are “invisible.” 

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/judge-sisters-need-investigate-abuse-allegations

But he opposes changing church policy so the same child sex guidelines that govern bishops would govern nuns. We strongly disagree. 

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IA - Youth pastor arrested for sexual abuse of two teenage girls

For immediate release: August 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)

A Des Moines youth pastor has been charged with child sex crimes. His church supervisors and members must now seek out others who he may have hurt.

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NY- Victims blast prominent school re: privacy violations

For immediate release: Thursday, August 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)

Shame on the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn and the board and staff of St. Francis Prep for trying to intimidate victims of sexual abuse and harassment.

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IL- Joliet predator priest deported; What about his enablers?

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 7

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)

Fr. Alejandro Flores, a convicted Joliet predator priest, has been deported to Bolivia. Those who enabled him to hurt kids, however, are escaping scot-free.

(We believe he has not been defrocked. So he should be referred to as “Fr. Flores.” He is NOT, we believe, “a former Catholic priest.” We believe he’s still being paid.)

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NY- Dozen more claims added to Manhattan high school molestation suit

For immediate release: August 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)

More victims have signed up in a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a prestigious Manhattan high school.

The suit charges that crimes by principal Rabbi George Finkelstein and teacher Rabbi Macy Gordon have been concealed by Yeshiva University High School for decades.

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KY- Church officials condemn whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 7, 2013

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

Religious figures attack a man who reported “serial physical and sexual abuse of children covered up" by church officials” claiming that his account is slander and “unbiblical”.

Brent Detwiler filed a lawsuit in January against the Sovereign Grace Ministries, a national network of churches, saying that the defendants, despite knowing the facts on multiple child abuse cases, “cared more about protecting its financial and institutional standing than about protecting children, its most vulnerable members” and therefore “failed to stop repeated and ongoing sexual predation occurring at SGM churches and organization”.

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