Media Statements

NY- Sex offender wins ruling on controversial test

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 3, 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 convicted sex offender who lived in Vermont and Alabama has won a court ruling in New York that means he won't have to submit to a test to determine whether he's attracted to underage girls.

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A Letter to Cardinal George regarding Fr. Robert Stepek

Cardinal Francis George

Archdiocese of Chicago

835 N Rush St

Chicago IL 60611

 

October 3, 2013

Dear Cardinal George:

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.

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MO - Child porn priest / diocese case settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We hope this settlement comforts at least some of the many families who have suffered and are suffering because Bishop Robert Finn refused to call police, protect kids and monitor Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

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Vatican overrules Cardinal George re predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

A “permanently” suspended predator priest will be restored as “a priest in good standing” because Vatican bureaucrats have overruled Chicago church figures and claim that they can’t “find evidence strong enough to merit a judgment that (he) had sexually abused a minor.”

The cleric is Fr. Robert A. Stepek. Cardinal George should put him in a remote, secure treatment center immediately, so that kids will be safer. And every single Catholic church employee and church member - current and former – who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Stepek should step forward.

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MN- Church officials admit paying predators

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Catholic officials with the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis admitted today to paying at least nine predator priests.

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SNAP responds to Pope John Paul II’s canonization

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 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)

It’s official – on April 27, Pope John Paul II becomes a saint.

And it’s hurtful.

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A Letter to Cardinal Dolan

Here is a letter being sent today to Cardinal Tim Dolan, head of the New York archdiocese:

(NOTE: At 1:30 today, SNAP is holding a news conference about this outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.)

October 1, 2013

Dear Cardinal Dolan:

We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable. We believe you are acting irresponsibly regarding Deacon Al Mazza.

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MN - To Archbishop Nienstedt

September 30, 2013

Dear Archbishop Nienstedt:

You and your top staff have acted recklessly, callously, deceptively and secretively in the case of Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer. These hurtful acts cannot be “un-done.” But you can – and should – act now to prevent more irresponsible and harmful behavior by your staff in the future, by

---disciplining at least three church employees over how they handled Fr. Wehmeyer and

---holding an open meeting to answer questions from parishioners and the public about this case.

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MN - Victims want Catholic officials disciplined

And group wants archbishop to hold open public meeting

In sharply worded letter, SNAP blasts “recklessness, callousness and deceit"

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata 952-471-3422, skibrs@q.com

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MO - St. Louis priest abuse trial starts

St. Louis cleric is accused of molesting a teenage girl

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris (314) 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

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NY - Victims blast Cardinal Dolan over child sex secrecy

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Cardinal Tim Dolan has apparently kept silent for months about an accused child molesting cleric. And instead of urging people to call police, Dolan is makes the same self-serving but hurtful plea bishops have made for decades – asking those with information about child sex crimes to call church officials, not police or prosecutors.

Shame on him.

http://www.lohud.com/article/20130929/NEWS/309290037/?nclick_check=1

Deacon Al Mazza has been dismissed from his duties at Church of the Holy Name of Mary Croton-on-Hudson has been “permanently removed from ministry.” 

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NJ - Trenton bishop hid “sexting” by priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 30, 2013

Statement by NJ SNAP director Mark Crawford (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

For months, Trenton’s Catholic bishop has kept hidden the fact that one of his priests sent 1,200  inappropriate sexual text messages to what he thought was a teenaged boy and had sexually harassed at least five teenagers and young men, some of whom were seminarians.

http://blog.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/print.html?entry=/2013/09/priest_in_sexting_sting_thought_he_was_talking_to_16-year-old_boy_wanted_to_meet.html

The bishop is irresponsible and disingenuous. His excuses ring hollow. His flock should be outraged.

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