Media Statements

NJ--Victims urge vigilence with new NJ Catholic official

For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 7, 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)

There are 50 publicly accused Newark predator priests. Warning parishioners and the public about them – and keeping kids away from them – should be the top priority of newly-appointed Cardinal Joseph Tobin.

Retiring Newark Archbishop John Myers has been among the very most reckless, callous and deceptive Catholic officials in the US. As recently as three years ago, he withheld information from prosecutors about a predator. 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/213290161_Former_Wyckoff_priest_s_lawyer_seeks_hearing_on_prosecutor_s_charges_for_priest_seeks_evidence_hearing.html?page=all

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PA--Victims praise new fine vs. Penn State on abuse

For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

There must be serious penalties for those who ignore or enable child sex crimes, so the NCAA is right to fine Penn State for the complicity of school officials in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/feds-investigating-sandusky-fine-penn-state-a-record-dollar24m/ar-AAjRp3h?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=UP97DHP

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TX--Victims blast new Baylor website on sexual violence

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A gang rape has happened each of the last four years at Baylor University in Texas. On a new website, the school’s president pledges to be “more transparent” about sexual violence on campus. But we’re highly skeptical.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/more/la-sp-sn-baylor-site-20161102-story.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/baylor-details-horrifying-alleged-sexual-assaults-by-football-players-1477681988

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CA--Convicted/defrocked priest is back in LA parish; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

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

We’re alarmed but not surprised that a convicted child molesting Catholic priest is back in a parish. We call on LA law enforcement officials to quickly but promptly investigate whether more charges can be brought against this cleric. And we call on Archbishop Jose Gomez to use church bulletins, parish websites, archdiocesan websites and pulpit announcements to warn his flock him and seek out others with information or suspicions about his crimes to call police.

http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/11/02/child-molesting-ex-priest-shocks-flock-at-new-church/

http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/214770026-story

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CT--Victims blast Bridgeport Catholic “healing service”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

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

Bridgeport Catholic officials have scheduled a “healing service” on Wednesday, Nov. 2. At worst, this is a cynical public relations move. At best, it misses the mark. 

Bishop Frank Caggiano's focus should be on real reforms that actually make kids safer, not symbolic gestures that make him seem nicer or that make a few adults temporarily feel better. And events like this imply that the crisis is past when in fact it’s not. 

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USA--Bill Cosby’s latest “desperate, hardball maneuver;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com

Shame on Bill Cosby and his lawyers for yet another desperate, hard-ball and insulting legal tactic: seeking competency hearings for his victims.

http://www.theintell.com/news/crime/bill-cosby-wants-competency-of-women-accusing-him-of-assault/article_c01186a4-9f8f-11e6-879a-cf692e2e46e3.html

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Australia--Cardinal Pell takes more criticism; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Independent attorneys have concluded that the second or third most powerful Catholic prelate on the planet should have taken more action to safeguard kids from predators. We’re not surprised.

For decades, all across the globe, virtually every independent investigation into child sex crimes by Catholic clergy has determined that high-ranking church officials often hid, protected and enabled child molesting clerics. So too has Cardinal George Pell. 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/10/31/pell-should-have-acted-priest-commission-lawyers

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PA--Investigation into actor/ex-Penn State athletes re-opens; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, volunteer western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

We are grateful that the case against actor, director and former Penn State athlete Nate Parker is being re-examined.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/movies/nate-parkers-past-surfaces-in-prosecutors-investigation-of-penn-state.html?_r=0

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WI--Predator priest is sentenced; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Green Bay priest has been sentenced for exposing himself to a child. We applaud law enforcement for pursuing this case and the brave teenager who reported this predator.    http://bit.ly/2eMR1ib

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CA--Abusive rabbi gets no prison; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are appalled that a child molesting rabbi is will not be jailed and will instead be sent to a Jewish treatment center. At the same time, we admire and appreciate the courage of one of his ictims.

Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky is getting “one year of counseling and residential treatment at Beit T’Shuvah, an addiction treatment center near Culver City, after pleading no contest to two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a minor,” according to a news source.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/los_angeles/article/rabbi_charged_with_sex_abuse_to_get_1_year_of_counseling_no_prison

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MO-- Accused rapist politician sues alleged victim; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 28, 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)

A Missouri politician accused of rape is suing his accuser. That’s wrong and intimidating.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/missouri-house-candidate-sues-over-colleague-s-rape-claims/article_31c5eb18-5858-5fc8-b987-4d92641b3f6a.html

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SNAP flier in Colorado about the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV)

Help us protect kids

 

Who We Are

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (SNAPnetwork.org)

What we want

We want to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, expose the truth and deter future cover-ups

Why we’re here

Your Catholic officials have imported and are supporting a controversial, secretive, cult-like group from Peru. Its founder is a child molester, according to his own successors. At least seven others in the group are accused of abuse, kidnapping and other crimes.

What is this group?

It's called the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV). It’s also sometimes called the Christian Life movement or SCV. The SCV runs or has run the retreat center for the archdiocese called Camp Malo and Holy Name parish in Sheridan.

Why should you believe us?

Don't take our word about it and the charges against it. Google its name, especially on a website BishopAccountability.​org.​  You will see that a number of Catholic officials themselves have denounced the group and acknowledge its wrongdoing.

What do we want we want?

We want Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Archbishop Charles Chaput​, as well as  other Catholic staff in Denver and Philadelphia ​to publicly disclose and denounce the wrongdoing by SCV members. We want the two archbishops to publicly warn their colleagues and other churches, schools and camps about these men.

How can you help?

Ask church officials to be forthcoming about the SCV. Urge them to supervise local SCV members closely. Tell your friends and family about the group.

Have more questions?

See our website or contact David Clohessy 314-566-9790 (cell), davidgclohessy@gmail.com

OUR TRUTH IS OUR STRENGTH!​
 
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