Media Statements

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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MO--Victims prod new Springfield bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 31, 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)

Tomorrow, the diocese once headed by the disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law will be headed by Bishop Edward Rice. We are disappointed by Rice’s promotion. But we hope he’ll take quick action against three predator priests.

Rice comes from the St. Louis archdiocese, which has a troubling track record on abuse. An admitted predator priest (Fr. Vincent Bryce) is still on the job in St. Louis, along with a priest who’s faced three accusers (Fr. Alex Anderson).

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Guam--Mother of second alleged victim of archbishop speaks, Victims respond

For immediate release, May 30, 2016

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

Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured.

http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2016/05/30/mother-deceased-man-accuses-apuron-molesting-son/84888594/

Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the best for her son. She had no idea that she was possibly putting her child in the path of a predator. We hope that Ms. Concepcion finds the peace and healing she so deeply deserves. Her powerful words and story have made is safer for victims of abuse everywhere—no matter the predator—to come forward and find healing and justice.

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MN--Twin Cities archbishop does “cram down” plan; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 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 hope a Minnesota judge rejects the arrogant, stingy “cram down” plan put forth today by Twin Cities Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/twin-cities-archdiocese-abuse-victims-at-odds-over-bankruptcy-plan-1464299751

It’s what we see time and time again: arrogant Catholic officials masquerading as ‘caring’ but insisting it’s ‘my way or the highway.’

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PA--Victims to hold support group in Ebensburg PA

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

For more information: Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com


Support group to be held for clergy abuse victims 

The self-help group for men and women who were abused by clergy will hold a confidential support meeting in the Ebensburg areaTuesday night. 

The organization is SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The meeting will be Tuesday, May  31st  from  7:00  to  9:00  p.m. at the Cottage Restaurant (private meeting room) 4554 Admiral Peary Hwy. Ebensburg, Pa. 

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NY--Victims: “Cardinal must act in twice-accused predator case”

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 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)

New York Cardinal Tim Dolan should harshly, publicly and immediately denounce his Long Island colleague who is endangering kids by keeping a twice-accused predator priest on the job.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/long-island-diocese-won-boot-alleged-pervert-priest-article-1.2650288

Dolan, as the “metropolitan” bishop over all of New York, has a duty to speak up loudly and clearly when church officials anywhere in New York jeopardize the safety of youngsters. That’s what’s happening now in the Rockville Centre diocese under Bishop William Murphy with Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn.

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GA--Victims want Catholic official fired in abuse case

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 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)

Atlanta Catholics and Holy Spirit Preparatory families deserve more information about allegations against Fr. Thomas Aloysius Flynn of the controversial Legion of Christ religious order. And Archbishop Wilton Gregory and the school’s board should fire the headmaster who refused to call police about suspected child sexual abuse.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/32066084/catholic-school-priest-fired-but-no-charges-filed-after-alleged-abuse

Headmaster Kyle Pietrantonio allegedly followed church protocol. But he didn’t call 911. No matter what one’s employer requires in such cases, every caring adult should immediately call police when child sex crimes are reported or suspected.

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IL--Archbishop keeps secret about “new facts” about admitted predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 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)

Chicago’s top Catholic official refuses to tell police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents or the public about “new facts” he says his staff have uncovered about an admitted predator priest. That’s reckless and wrong.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-priest-barred-from-ministry-met-20160525-story.html

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NJ--SNAP: Archbishop must act on indicted priest

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 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 admitted New Jersey predator priest has been indicted and now Newark Archbishop John Myers must act. So too must three other prelates who let this child molesting cleric in their dioceses.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/ex-priest_indicted_in_alleged_sexual_assault_of_15.html

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NJ--Victims urge investigation into judge, DA, & NJ ministers

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 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 urge the New Jersey bar to investigate whether a prosecutor or a judge acted improperly in a troubling child sex abuse case involving a fugitive minister. And we urge law enforcement to investigate whether witnesses or church officials did the same.

https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/page/the_search_for_preacher_gregorio_martinez.html

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