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NY/WI- $58 million dollar “cemetery trust” not protected by the first amendment

In a major victory for Milwaukee clergy abuse survivors, 7th Circuit Federal Court rules against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s transfer of $58 million dollars

Decision rejects first amendment argument, opens the door to determine if the Vatican and Dolan constituted the trust for purposes of fraud

For immediate released Monday, March 9, 2015

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee) 414.429.7259

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MO--Victims applaud court ruling on church leafleting

For immediate release: Monday, March 9

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

A three judge panel has agreed with us that legislators were wrong to pass a law severely limiting freedom of speech near churches.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article13108751.html  

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CA--Victims challenge Presbyterians in child sex case

For immediate release: Friday, March 6

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

A Santa Barbara Presbyterian church and high ranking church officials are being sued for concealing and enabling child sex crimes.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/03/06/socal-church-accused-of-covering-up-abuse.htm   

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CT--Victims say Egan was “among the worst” prelates

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

Cardinal Edward Egan was among the most callous, reckless and deceitful prelates ever. We hope his passing brings some comfort to the many adults who were abused as children because of his self-serving secrecy and his relentless protection of predator priests. We grieve for every single victim, witness and whistleblower who was mistreated in any way by Egan and his former top aides, whether in New York or in Bridgeport.    

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OR--Victims challenge Mennonite school on abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

We applaud this brave teenager for having the strength to take action against the man who assaulted her and the school officials who enabled those crimes to happen.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/03/former_western_mennonite_schoo.html   

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AK--New church contact in probe of Kodiak school; victims’ group urges survivors to go to the police instead

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 3, 2015

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A new contact person has been designated in the church probe of an Orthodox priest on leave from a school in Kodiak. The clergyman has been accused of abusing current and former students physically, psychologically and spiritually.

    

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IL--Did 6 Chicago predator priests go to Springfield?

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

Six Chicago predator priests, who were ousted from local parishes in the 1990s, may have spent time in the Springfield are, we have learned.

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150304/NEWS/150309637  

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WI--For victims, Milwaukee Archdiocesan bankruptcy going from bad to worse

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director

CONTACT:  414.429.7259

Four years ago Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki petitioned the federal bankruptcy court for chapter 11, promising that court ordering sexual abuse cases into bankruptcy was necessary to bring “healing” and “resolution” to victims of pedophile clergy.  That took cases out of state court and put them into bankruptcy court, where they decide if creditors should get paid their business debts or private companies reorganize themselves.     

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PA--No Bail for Philly cleric

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com

Under no circumstances, we believe, should Father Mark Haynes be set free, no matter what restrictions the court may impose. Like most predator priests, he is well educated, well spoken, charming, and cunning. He should be given no more chances to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, fabricate alibis, destroy evidence or even flee the country.  

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TX--Bishop accused of illegal taping of victim’s mom

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

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

A startling new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit charges that Ft. Worth Catholic Bishop Michael F. Olsen:

-- illegally tape recorded a child sex abuse victim’s mom without her knowledge,

-- also tape recorded a “trusting” and deeply wounded victim too,

-- “betrayed,” “re-victimized” and “tried to silence” him until his statute of limitations expired,   

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MT--Victims blast Helena Catholic officials re bankruptcy

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

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

These more than 500 brave victims and their dedicated attorneys have done the very best with an awful situation brought on by the Catholic hierarchy’s immense clout, expensive lawyering and obsessive secrecy. We hope the new settlement brings them sorely-needed healing.

http://www.ktvq.com/story/28242171/judge-set-to-approve-settlements-in-montana-church-abuse-cases  

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NJ--Victims beg more victims of predator/exorcist to speak up

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

We’re grateful that an already-convicted North Bergen pastor/exorcist now faces new charges.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/03/north_bergen_sex_offender_pastor_exorcist_facing_m.html   

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