Media Statements

Vatican--Victims urge other Wesolowski victims to “come forward”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 28

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Kids are safer now that Wesolowski has passed. But sadly, now no one will ever know how many Catholic officials concealed his crimes for how many months or years.

Had Vatican officials turned over Wesolowski to secular authorities, as they should have, he might have already been tried, convicted and imprisoned. And more truth about wrongdoers in his case might have surfaced.  

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MN-- Hibbing Catholic Priest now faces 5 felony counts

For immediate release Friday, August 28

Statement by northern Minnesota SNAP leader Verne Wagner (lwagsmn@yahoo.com, 218-340-1277)

A Catholic priest, Fr. Brian Lederer, who was arrested in May of 2015 now faces 5 felony counts. A fourth victim has come forward and child pornography has been found on his personal computer. Lederer is currently free on bail.  

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WI--Vatican rules against Madison predator priest

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

For more information: Peter Isely of Milwaukee, 414 429 7259, peterisely@yahoo.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, 314 566 9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Vatican rules against predator priest

Child molesting cleric worked in nine WI towns

He once unsuccessfully sued one of his victims

SNAP: “Madison bishop must warn others about him

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IL--Peoria bishop ousts predator priests; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

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

Statement by Jeff Jones, Peoria SNAP leader (jjones10072gmail.com, 815 985 9441)

We are saddened that Peoria’s bishop says nothing about calling the police about a child sex abuse report against one of his priests.

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Vatican--Accused abusive bishop walking free in the Vatican?

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

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

A credibly accused predator prelate walks free now in Rome, according to the BBC. We join with staff at BishopAccountability.org in questioning how top Catholic officials can apparently be so reckless.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/statements/2015_08_24_Doyle_Wesolowski_Reportedly_Free_in_Vatican_City.htm

http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2015/08/150811_republica_dominicana_wesolowski_nuncio_vaticano_juicio_mes_sin_fecha_lv

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MN--Victims disappointed in judge’s ruling in clergy case

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

Kids are safer every time information about those who commit or conceal child sex crimes is made public. So we’re disappointed in Judge Shaun Floerke ruling that limits disclosures about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Duluth in a civil lawsuit.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3825189-judge-denies-broad-access-church-abuse-documents

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MO--Three new stories show women sometimes abuse too

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A woman in St. Louis is charged with sexually abusing an infant. A woman from Park Hills is charged with promoting under-aged prostitution. A woman in New York is charged with promoting prostitution through a website called RentBoy.com

Today, these three stories appear in just two news sources: the Post-Dispatch and the New York Times.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/lemay-woman-sexually-abused-child-while-boyfriend-videotaped-crimes-police/article_e0344732-0270-568a-8484-a22718f30328.html

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-couple-charged-with-luring-girls-into-prostitution/article_0660574f-a763-576a-acf7-730ed659855a.html

 

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TX--Houston predator priest ordered to pay $5 million

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

A judge has awarded $5 million to a brave victim of a Houston predator priest. We hope this victim’s courage will inspire others who are in pain because of child molesting clerics to step forward, seek justice, expose predators and protect kids. And we hope it will prod Catholics in Beaumont and Yakima to urge their bishops to do more to supervise the serial pedophile.

http://www.kimatv.com/news/crime-and-justice/322723751.html

http://www.kapptv.com/article/2015/aug/24/multi-million-dollar-award-issued-yakima-sexual-ab/

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Bishops in DC, VA & MD must act re admitted predator

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

We doubt Fr. Espinoza was ever on the Arlington bishop's payroll. But we know seven things.

First, he admitted raping a teenager.

Second, he was around kids in the DC area (including in the Arlington diocese).

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FL--Victims urge toughest sentence for minister

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

We hope youth pastor Jeffery London is given the toughest sentence possible today. And the minute he’s sentenced, we hope that Miami area church officials and charter school officials start working hard to find others London has hurt.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-jeffery-london-sentenced-20150825-story.html

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WA--Victims applaud $5 million judgment vs. predator priest

For immediate release: Monday, Aug. 24

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

We are glad that a judge has awarded a brave victim of a Yakima predator priest a $5 million judgment. We hope this victim’s courage will inspire others who are in pain because of child molesting clerics to step forward, seek justice, expose predators and protect kids.

http://www.kimatv.com/news/crime-and-justice/322723751.html

http://www.kapptv.com/article/2015/aug/24/multi-million-dollar-award-issued-yakima-sexual-ab/

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CA--Group applauds LAUSD abuse victims

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, volunteer Western Regional Director, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com
 
We applaud the tenacity of the students and their families. Because they spoke up and refused to be silenced, they accomplished what the LAUSD refused to do: make LA’s public schools safer for vulnerable students.
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