TX - Pastor arrested for abuse of young girl; SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 19, 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 Houston pastor has been arrested for sexually abusing a 8-year-old girl.

We applaud the young girl’s family for reporting the abuse of Romulo Jimenez to authorities. 

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Argentina - Victims appeal court decision to free predator priest

For immediate release Friday, August 16

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

An Argentine Catholic cleric alleged to have abused more than 50 children faces an appeal of his recent acquittal.

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Chile - predator priest allowed around children

For immediate release: Thursday August 15, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Because of a legal short coming, a credibly accused Chilean predator priest is listed as able to work around kids.

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Iowa imam charged with sexual abuse; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Police have charged an Iowa imam with sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a member of the clergy.

A 42-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter were sexually assaulted by a Muslim religious official in their home. Nermin Spahic was invited into their home to perform a religious ceremony to help with the daughter’s personal issues. 

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Second United Nations panel to question Vatican

August 15, 2013

Committee against Torture calls Catholic officials to account

For the second time in recent months, a United Nations panel will soon determine if Vatican officials are complying with an international treaty. The Geneva-based UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) has set next May as the date for a review of whether top church officials are honoring the 1984 treaty on torture.

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/SessionsList.aspx?Treaty=CAT

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“Extreme” DE priest is new head of national group; SNAP objects

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 14, 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 Delaware priest, who claims there’s a “war on the Roman Catholic priesthood” has just been elected head of America's Catholic religious orders. He also insists that two convicted child molesters are innocent and that prosecutors are “overzealous.” We think he’s an extremist. 

He is Fr. James J. Greenfield, an official with the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He insists that his colleague Fr. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Spero, who were found guilty of child sex crimes in January by a Philadelphia jury, were wrongly convicted.

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TX- Abusive minister is arrested

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 13

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

Authorities have charged a Houston pastor with sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl.

This predator is away from kids largely because, according to one news account, “a church member who saw suspicious activity . . . continuously voiced her concerns.” We are grateful to this brave and compassionate person for speaking up.

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SNAP responds to archbishop’s newly-released deposition

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)

Archbishop John Myers answers under oath are pathetic. He wants us to believe everyone and everything else is at fault, while he allegedly did nothing wrong.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/depo/2010_05_12_Myers_Deposition/

He blames allegedly bad files, therapists, underlings, canon law (p. 188) and even buildings (page 34 & 145).

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NJ - Settlement shows NJ laws are archaic

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug 12

Statement by Mark Crawford New Jersey Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net)

There are two parts of this settlement. One is the money. The other is the papers.

It’s easy and tempting to focus on the money. But that’s missing the point. The real significance here is in the deposition and the documents. 

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IL victim prods Peoria diocese

For immediate release: August 13, 2013

Statement by Jeff Jones of SNAP (815 985 9441, jjones1007@gmail.com)

I am proud and grateful to be here today. Like Andrew Ward, I have played a small role in helping to uncover the corruption and complicity of the Catholic hierarchy in the Peoria Diocese. I know, from painful first-hand experience, that Peoria Catholic officials fight long and hard against victims. So I am proud of Andrew and his parents. They have achieved something here that very few victims have achieved – some long over-due truth and justice that will help protect others by deterring future cover ups.

I’m here because Andrew has settled his lawsuit. It was a long, hard battle. It involved one predator priest, one corrupt bishop and one troubled diocese. It settled for $1.35 million.

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NJ- Newark archbishop’s deposition to be released

Tomorrow in Newark, parents of a child sex abuse victim will

-- announce a settlement of a child sexual abuse and cover up case involving a priest,

-- release a deposition of Newark Archbishop John Myers and

-- release long-hidden church records about a predator priest.

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Letter to New Jersey Parishes

To the Staff at Oratory Preparatory School in Summit NJ,

To the Staff at St. Cecilia’s parish in Englewood NJ,

Newly released church records show that a credibly accused child molesting cleric, Fr. Joseph B. DiPeri, worked at your school/parish. He also worked in Jersey City, Newark, and Garfield (all in the Newark archdiocese.) He may well have also been assigned to or done substitute work in other parishes or Catholic institutions.

We in SNAP suspect you and/or your staff has known these facts – and maybe more facts - for years. If so, shame on you for your years of reckless, self-serving silence.

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