Media Statements

Guam--Pope Names New Administrator After Archbishop Accused of Abuse, Victims Respond

For immediate release, June 6, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (SNAPNetwork.org http://snapnetwork.org/) (jcasteix@gmail.com949-322-7434 cell)

We are encouraged that the Vatican has taken this first step. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is now a twice-accused predator archbishop—who has also been accused of intimidating victims, bullying Catholics, and manipulating church rules regarding abuse to protect himself.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/pope-names-guam-administrator-bishop-accused-abuse-39637009

But this is only a first step.

We urge the new administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai to engage in a complete and independent investigation of the allegations against Apuron and act upon the findings swiftly and appropriately. 

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Rome--Victims’ group has further concerns re pope’s new abuse policy

For immediate release: Sunday, June 5, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Originally, Francis proposed

--making the cover up of child sex crimes an actual crime in church policy. Now, instead, he’s not. (According to the AP, “Francis appears to have backed off” and according to Kurt Martens, professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America, "There is nothing breaking here” and “what is significant about the new law is that it makes no mention of the proposal for the tribunal, which would have treated negligence as a crime and prosecuted it as such.)

http://www.citizen.com/news/2016-06-06/Nation/Pope_scraps_abuse_tribunal_for_negligent_bishops.html

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Rome--Victims "very skeptical" of new Vatican abuse policy

For immediate release: Saturday, June 4

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Instead of just sacking bad bishops, or turning over abuse records to law enforcement, the Vatican is setting up yet another untested, internal church “process” to purportedly deal with bishops who ignore or conceal child sex crimes. We’re extraordinarily skeptical.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36451954   

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MN--Victims urge “more honesty & outreach” in predator priest case

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Minnesota Catholic officials are writing parishioners saying their parish is being sued because of child sex crimes by Fr. Stanley Bourassa in the 1960s.

While we don’t know the specifics of this case, here’s what we DO know: Catholic officials should be more honest about these horrific cases. They should use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to beg every single individual with information or suspicions about abuse in Catholic entities to step forward and get help from independent sources, and report what they know or fear to the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices.

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MO--Victims beg Baptists for action on clergy sex cases

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

For more information:

David Clohessy (314) 566-9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris (314) 503-0003,bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Victims beg Baptists for action on clergy sex cases

Denomination holds annual meeting soon in St. Louis

“It should make “safe place” for submitting abuse reports, SNAP says

SBC should start by logging allegations & asking victims to step forward

Group predicts: Next “Spotlight”-style exposé will be in largest Protestant denomination

In anticipation of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in St. Louis on June 14-15, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to two of the SBC’s top officials, seeking the creation of a central “safe place” office to which Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors can file reports about their alleged perpetrators.

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IA--Group applauds victim & prods bishop on abuse

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We urge Sioux City Catholic officials to quickly adopt the abuse prevention moves that a brave abuse victim is advocating.

http://www.ktiv.com/story/32128326/2016/06/02/alleged-abuse-victim-speaks-out-against-former-catholic-priest-of-the-diocese-of-sioux-city#.V1EFWVPaaKQ.facebook

Tim Lennon was raped as a child by Fr. Peter B. Murphy in Iowa.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2016/03_04/2016_03_30_KTIV_SupportGroup.htm

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MN--Victims blast bishop over abuse remarks

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Winona’s bishop has callously rubbed salt into the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of abuse victims by deliberately and disingenuously minimizing the pain and vulnerability of a teenaged girl who was repeatedly abused by a priest who was counseling her.

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/crime/vicar-general-resigns-from-diocese/article_608ac1a0-39a2-590e-a26c-dd00a3173181.html#comments

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VA--Group wants investigation into church/college abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

For more information: Barbra Graber 540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org, David Clohessy 314 566 9790,davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Group wants investigation into church/college abuse case

“But it must be independent, not internal,” survivors insist

They challenge Mennonite officials to publicly pledge full cooperation

“And they should publicly oppose even discussion of an in-house probe,” group says

A support group for abuse victims is urging Mennonite Church officials to hire independent investigators to look into an abuse case at a Virginia church and university. The group also wants church leaders to pledge, in advance, their full cooperation with such an effort and their “vigorous opposition” to any proposed internal investigation.

The case involves Luke Hartman, well known church leader who was arrested on solicitation of prostitution charges while he was a vice president at Eastern Mennonite University and a member of Lindale Mennonite Church, both in Harrisonburg, VA. He is also accused of sexual abuse, stalking, verbal abuses, threats of violence and was allowed to remain in his position, the group says, long after credible accusations were made.

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ME--Group wants investigation into child molesting cleric

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda 925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com

Group wants investigation into child molesting cleric

SNAP: “How did a convicted predator get a job in a parish?”

Priest hurt a Michigan child, then Boston bishop gave him posts in NH & Maine

A support group is calling for an investigation into how a priest convicted of a child sex crime got a job at a Maine church.

The New York-based Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) and its bishop in Boston are being sued by a young man who was molested in Maine as a 15 year old altar boy by a priest who is now behind bars. The newly filed civil lawsuit charges that church officials were negligent in supervising the cleric, who had been convicted of a child sexual crime before he was ordained.

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/05/22/news/bangor/man-sexually-abused-by-former-priest-sues-greek-orthodox-diocese/

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/16/news/bangor/greek-orthodox-bishop-suspends-bangor-priest-facing-child-pornography-charge/

 

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OH--In rare move, archbishop sues flock; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, June 2, 2016

For more information: Dan Frondorf 513-706-7403danielfrondorf@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314-566-9790 cell,davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

In rare move, archbishop sues parishioners

Child sex victims welcome “more aggressive action

But they blast Catholic officials for ignoring abuse “enablers

SNAP: Prelate should sue or discipline those who hid child sex crimes

“Why is church money more important than our kids?” support group asks

Organization writes to head of Cincinnati archdiocese urging pursuit of “enablers

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Il--Bill proposed to yank Hastert's pension; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests(314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

An Illinois lawmaker is pushing a bill that would further cut the pension of ex-House speaker Denny Hastert. We support this measure. We also call on Congress to censure Hastert and Hastert to voluntarily compensate his victims using the millions he earned as a lobbyist and for decades on the payroll of Illinois and US taxpayers.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160530/news/160539947/

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AL--Accused abusive priest is found not guilty; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are sad that jurors found an ex-priest not guilty of child sex crimes. We believe this verdict will endanger kids. We’ve spoken to this mom, Christina Presnell, and believe her, her son and her step-son.  We’re convinced that Fr. David Stone, also known as Fr. Francis Mary Stone, who worked for the Eternal Word Television Network, is a dangerous cleric.

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/05/jury_decides_on_child_abuse_ch_1.html

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