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OK - Ex Oklahoma priest faces child sex trial

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 12

For more information: Judy Jones of St. Louis 636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Catholic priest trial to start

He’s accused of molesting a boy

And he worked in two Oklahoma towns

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OH - Catholic priest trial to start

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

For more information: Judy Jones of St. Louis 636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Catholic priest trial to start

He’s accused of molesting a boy

Fr. Robert Poandl's criminal child sex abuse trial is set to begin on Monday, Sept 16th in the Potter Stewart U.S. Federal Courthouse (room 109), 100 East 5th St., in downtown Cincinnati, OH.

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MO- SNAP is "reassured" by Ratigan sentence

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003, snapjudy@gmail.com)

It's very reassuring to know that Ratigan can never hurt another child. At the same time, the bank robber gets 50 years while the guy who drove the getaway car does no jail time.

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MO - Victims blast ‘silly & deceptive’ church abuse report

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 8           

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

Two Kansas City Catholic officials, Bishop Robert Finn and Carrie Cooper, in an act of stunning callousness, have issued a four page abuse ‘report’ that is deceptive and pathetic and harmful. It hides key information, hurts victims, and helps no one.

http://www.diocese-kcsj.org/_docs/OCYP_Report_2013_final_reduced.pdf

First, today Shawn Ratigan is being sentenced. Finn and Cooper rub salt into the wounds of Ratigan’s victims by pulling a carefully-crafted public relations stunt on a long-awaited day of closure for those who have suffered and are suffering because of Ratigan’s crimes and Finn’s crimes.

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Letter to Bishop Zubik

Sept. 12, 2013

Dear Bishop Zubik:

We are members of a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Our mission is to heal the wounded, protect the vulnerable and expose the truth.

Your soon-to-be newest public relations staffer, veteran journalist Ann Rodgers, has spent her professional career trying to expose the truth. We hope she’ll be better able to persuade you to do this than we have. We’ll keep trying, nonetheless.

Specifically, we want you to expose the truth about two priests: Fr. Alan E. Caparella and. Fr. Richard Deakin. Both spent time in Pittsburgh. Both molested elsewhere. Both faced civil lawsuits.

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SC - Child sex case filed vs. Citadel; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, September 12, 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 new civil lawsuit says that a youngster was sexually abused at the Citadel, later joined the staff there but was fired when he tried to stop others from being sexually assaulted.

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/23406292/citadel-faces-new-lawsuit-from-abused-camper-junior-staffer

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MO - Notorious KC predator priest to be sentenced

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 12, 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)

Shawn Ratigan should be locked up for as long as possible. He shows no signs of remorse or rehabilitation. Ample evidence suggests that he would commit more child sex crimes if ever given the chance to be around kids.

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AL – Church employee pleads guilty and walks free; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday September 11, 2013

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

An Alabama church employee who pled guilty to sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl won’t be going to prison.

Instead, Blake Jerrod Earl will be serving a year of unsupervised probation and counseling leaving him on the streets, free to harm children again. 

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NE - Records released on predator priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Records released on predator priest

He worked in Nebraska but abused in California

Support group urges Omaha Catholic officials to “do outreach

SNAP: “Some of victims may still be suffering in silence, shame and self-blame

 

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MT - Records of Montana predator priest are released

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

More than 30 pages of long-secret Catholic church records about a predator priest who worked in four Montana parishes have been made public as part of a 2007 settlement.

He is Fr. John Kohnke. He worked in Hingham, Sunburst, Chester and Shelby.

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More CA predator priest records released; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 8, 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)

Because brave clergy abuse survivors insisted on disclosure, more files about more California child molesting clerics are being released today. We beg California’s bishops to spread the word far and wide about these predators. But we seriously doubt that they will. And we urge the Vincentians to start defrocking Fr. Jerome Herff, “who told (an admitted predator priest) to flee after his 1987 confession and placed him back in ministry the following year” (according to the Associated Press).

Herff’s claims that he told Fr. Carlos Rodriguez to flee because he feared for the priest’s safety ring false. (If this is true, why didn’t he call the police?) And it doesn’t explain why Fr. Herff quickly put Fr. Rodriguez back on the job, even though Fr. Rodriguez admitted molesting kids.

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CA - Victims urge Stockton Bishop to Reconsider Bankruptcy

Sex Abuse Victims Urge Bankruptcy Delay

They Ask Bishop to “Listen To Flock” Before “Making Radical Moves”

Group Wants Open Meetings in Each Deanery Before Decision is Made 

They Fear Protracted Legal Process Will Mean “Wounds Will Keep Festering”

For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 8, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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