Rome - Pope ousts one bishop but let’s convicted one stay

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 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)

Pope Francis has suspended a German bishop for financial misdeeds.

But he ignores bishops who have concealed or are concealing child sex crimes. He should suspend them promptly, starting with Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City Missouri, who was convicted in 2012 of withholding evidence - hundreds of sexual photos of young girls - from police.

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MO- Missouri’s most awful predator priest will never again hurt a child

For immediate release Tuesday October 22, 2013

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

Missouri’s most awful predator priest will never again hurt a child.

Msgr. Thomas J. O’Brien has passed away. He forced silence on some of the dozens of boys he sexually assaulted by telling them that they would be kicked out of the Catholic Church, they would go directly to hell and their parents would disown them.

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TX - Houston's top Catholic runs for national post

For immediate release: October 22, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

Houston’s Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is a candidate to head the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. We hope he’ll withdraw or fail in his bid.

His record in Sioux City was abysmal. His record in Houston shows no improvement.

In 2008, we named DiNardo as one of the worst Cardinals in the US. Our view of him has not changed.

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MN - Victims prod singer Neil Diamond about predator priest

Victims group prod's Neil Diamond's guitarist

He complained privately of alleged child sex crimes

SNAP: "That's not good enough. Call the police now"

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com, Bob Schwiderski (952 471 3422, skibrs@q.com

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CA - Los Angeles archbishop seeks national post

For immediate release: Monday, October 21, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is running for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. We hope he fails.

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TN - Female Christian teacher accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

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)

A female Christian teacher is accused of abusing boys. As a child, I too was abused by a trusted older woman who was a nun.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/beth-scearce-teacher-sex_n_4135422.html?ref=topbar

I’m sad to read about the pain these boys have endured and are enduring. But I’m grateful they’re helping police and prosecutors. Kids are safe when law enforcement pursues, charges and convicted child molesters – of either gender.

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KY - Victims oppose Louisville Catholic archbishop's bid

For immediate release: Monday, October 21, 2013

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

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is running for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. We hope he fails.

http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/nominees-announced-usccb

Kurtz refuses to join the ranks of 30 US bishops who have posted on their websites the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics – a simple, inexpensive, proven public safety measure. In addition:

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IL - Five men sue Chicago evangelist for child sex abuse

For immediate release: Monday October 21, 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 highly visible “urban evangelist” is accused of molesting five boys.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/10/21/62175.htm

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MO - Top aide to Bishop Finn moves; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 21, 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)

Msgr. Brad Offutt is no longer the vicar general of the Kansas City Catholic diocese, the only diocese in the world headed by a bishop who was convicted of endangering kids by hiding evidence. We are glad Offutt is no longer in the diocesan headquarters but don’t believe it will improve the reckless, secretive and deceitful way Bishop Robert Finn and his top aides continue to deal with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

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MN - Catholic college may have ignored recommended restrictions

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 18, 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)

At first, there were no signs of Fr. Keating committing misconduct with adults.

Now, there are several.

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TN - “No whistleblowing” says prominent Baptist preacher; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 18, 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 prominent Baptist official is telling church members “don’t take matters to the press.”

http://www.abpnews.com/faith/theology/item/8941-patterson-don-t-take-church-matters-to-press#.UmFrq1CUSn_

We hope every Baptist rejects this self-serving, unhealthy and often dangerous advice, especially when it comes to sexual and financial crimes, whether known or suspected.

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MN - Catholic officials hid more disturbing evidence; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013       

Statement by Bob Schwiderski of St. Wayzata, Minnesota Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952 471 3422, skibrs@q.com)

Weeks ago we learned that several top Twin Cities Catholic officials concealed for years the “borderline illegal” pornography on Fr. Jon Shelley.

Today, we learn that they also concealed for years “inappropriate (email) correspondence with a minor” sent by Fr. Shelley.

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