NJ- Catholic officials let predator secretly be near kids but no one’s punished

For immediate release: Monday, July 22, 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 Newark archdiocesan priest secretly let a suspended predator priest live in a parish across the street from an elementary school. He did so with the approval of his church supervisors.

Yet no one is being punished. The priest is just being moved to a new parish. The supervisors aren’t even being identified. And the predator remains on the payroll.

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RI- Abuse victims applaud new legal move vs. Catholic group

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 Legion of Christ is one of the most wealthy and most corrupt Catholic entities. Its officials have long ingratiated themselves with wealthy Catholics and gained donations in questionable ways. We hope this family succeeds in using the courts to expose the serious wrongdoing in this bizarre, self-serving and secretive religious order.

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OH- Priest accused, victims respond

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 Catholic priest in Columbus has been placed on leave after allegations of sexual abuse.  Since 1969, this priest has worked at 8 locations, including a high school where one of the alleged abuses occurred.

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MO- St. Louis lawsuit charges archbishop broke the law

This new lawsuit is in the public record. It seeks unspecified damages. It makes unusual and disturbing charges.

I’ve not met or spoken with this family. Because of that, and because the victim is young, the crimes are recent, the lawsuit is detailed and prosecution is pending, I won’t answer many questions today. The last thing on earth I would want is to do or say anything that might in any way make an obviously traumatic situation more difficult for this courageous girl and her parents.

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Ireland- Orders responsible for Magdalene laundries refuse to cooperate, SNAP responds

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 four orders that ran the Magdalene laundry laundries, The Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters, have stated they will not contribute to the redress fund for the victims of their institutions. Additionally, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stated he cannot force the orders to contribute. In response, a victims group called Magdalene Survivors Together has demanded the government eliminate the charitable status of the orders and that they receive no more state funding. 

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Chile- Victims Applaud Appeals Court Judge Case Against Archdiocese

Judge Juan Manuel Munoz from the Appeals Court in Santiago, Chile has decided to move forward with a pre-lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago and predator priest Fernando Karadima. (www.lasegunada.com/Noticias/Nacional/2013/07/862983/karadima-es-cilado-a-deciarar-en-fase-previa-a-la-demandu-que-presentaran-contra-arzobispado)  

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MO- Parishioners praying for arrested priest; It's Carlson's fault

For immediate release: July 16, 2013

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

Those who commit child sex crimes are sick. They largely cannot help themselves.

Those who publicly back child sex offenders, however, are even more morally culpable. They deliberately choose to act in ways that hurt children. They should be ashamed of themselves.

This includes a group of young adults at the Cathedral parish. Tonight they were to hold a prayer service for Fr. Joseph Jiang. Fr. Jiang is accused of repeatedly molesting a girl last year. He’s been arrested and charged

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FL- Former Catholic teacher arrested on sex charges now found with child porn

For immediate release: Tuesday July 16, 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 former Catholic school teacher arrested on sex charges with minors has now been found with child pornography on his computer. Stephen Budd was arrested in April for offering candy to two then 9-year-old female students for sexual activity and is now being charged with possession of child pornographic images and videos.

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Victims to new pope: Honor the treaty, provide the information, meet the deadline

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 16

Statement by Mary Caplan of Manhattan, NY area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, mcaplan@aol.com)

Last week, a United Nations committee requested information from the Vatican about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

It’s a straightforward and reasonable request. But it’s also an historic and encouraging request.

It’s historic because, until now, no truly independent, international body has ever really sought extensive information from high-ranking Catholic officials about this on-going crisis.

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PA- Former registered sex offender priest resurfaces in community non-profit

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 former priest and registered sex offender has resurfaced at a non-profit in Wilkes-Barre. Robert Timchak works for In The Gap, a group that helps turns vacant lots into residential buildings.

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CA- Bishops lobby against child sex abuse law; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 16

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

According to today’s LA Times, California Catholic officials are waging an expensive lobbying campaign against a bill that would expose predators, help victims, protect kids and deter wrongdoing.

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CT- Priest suspended after sex abuse of a minor allegation

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

An East Windsor priest, Rev. Paul Gotta, has been placed on administrative leave while investigations take place over a complaint about the sexual abuse of a minor.

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