Media Statements

MD--Catholic volunteer is arrested on child sex charges

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 9, 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)

A Catholic church volunteer has been arrested on child sexual abuse. Now Baltimore Archbishop William Lori must act. If he doesn’t other church staff and members should.

http://www.abc2news.com/news/crime-checker/baltimore-county-crime/baltimore-county-church-volunteer-charged-with-child-sex-abuse

Read more
1 reaction Share

NY--Victims blast new Rockville Centre bishop

For immediate release, December 9, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Allentown’s bishop shouldn’t be promoted, especially not to Long Island which has suffered under a terrible bishop for years.

Just three months ago, Rockville Centre’s new bishop lied – or let one of his staff lie – to parishioners. They were told Fr. John Stephen Mraz stepped down because of “medical issues.” In fact, he’d been caught with child pornography. (He’s expected to plead guilty.)

Yet neither Bishop John O. Barres nor any of his staff were disciplined or even apologized for leading their flock.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2016/09_10/2016_09_17_Matt_Call_Should_Should.htm

Read more
1 reaction Share

NC--Savvy mom & cops nail youth pastor for nude photos

For immediate release, December 9, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Nude photos of a man found on a boy's cellphone have been traced to a Raliegh North Carolina youth pastor. We are grateful to the boy’s mom and to law enforcement for quick action. Now, it’s time for church officials to step up aggressively, by reaching out to others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s alleged crimes.

http://abc11.com/news/affidavit-mom-traced-nude-phone-photos-to-nc-pastor/1645619/

Read more
1 reaction Share

Washington, DC--Catholic officials beat back abuse reform

For Immediate Release, December 9, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We’re very disappointed that DC Catholic officials have again apparently blocked reforms that would protect kids, expose predators and deter cover ups of heinous child sex crimes.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/first-read-dmv/Bill-Cosby-Accuser-Meets-With-DC-Councilmember-About-Expiring-Sex-Assault-Statute-of-Limitations-Bills-405500796.html

Police and prosecutors are underpaid and overworked. Most sex crimes aren’t reported or pursued. So thousands are assaulted by repeat offenders. Most prisons are overcrowded.

Read more
1 reaction Share

NY--Victims blast Syracuse bishop over suspended priest

For immediate Release, December 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790cell, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

In an act of stunning callousness, Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham let an accused child molesting cleric “spin” an abuse allegation from the pulpit. Shame on him.

http://romesentinel.com/rome/rome-priest-put-on-leave-diocese-probes-27-year-old-allegation/QBqple!ochoq1h7nEMnJPazlRN6Gg/

Last month, Fr. Paul F. Angelicchio, pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration parish, read a statement to parishioners saying he would be taking a leave of absence. Yesterday, however, Cunningham’s public relations staff disclosed that Fr. Angelicchio has been accused of molesting a child and has been suspended.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Vatican--Discipline reckless seminary heads, don't beg them, SNAP says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, SNAP Associate Midwest Director (+1 636-433-2511 home, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

In a new document, the Vatican says bishops should be careful about accepting seminarians who've been rejected by other bishops, seminaries and dioceses. We’re glad for the new language. But given the tremendous and persistent priest shortage, we doubt a sentence or two in some new “guidelines” will make any difference at all.

http://catholiccourier.com/news/world-nation/vatican-updates-guidelines-for-educating-priests/

There is, however, a more effective approach. It’s called discipline.

Read more
1 reaction Share

CA--Accused priest quietly moves to San Diego; Victims cry “foul”

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Accused priest quietly moves to SD

After “counseling,” he sexually harassed a 22 year old

He allegedly “coerced” her & later fired her from her job 

A civil lawsuit against him and his Michigan bishop is pending

Group urges SD Catholic officials to “warn parishioners & the public about him

A priest who was found to have sexually harassed a college student and who faces a pending civil abuse lawsuit has quietly moved to San Diego where he works for a lawyer. A victims group want bishops in California and Michigan to warn parishioners and the public about him.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/denis-heames-9a9736122

Read more
1 reaction Share

Vatican re-affirms gay priest ban; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 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)

Vatican officials are re-affirming their so-called ban on gay priests. 

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/vatican-reaffirms-ban-gay-priests

Scapegoating some adults protects no children. Behavior, not orientation, is what matters.

Half of our 20,000 plus members are women who were sexually assaulted as kids by priests, nuns, bishops and seminarians. It’s just wrong to assume or claim that most victims of child molesting clerics are boys.

Read more
2 reactions Share

CA--Victims praise new Stanford abuse lawsuit

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 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)

Sexual violence is too common and too devastating to be left solely to the criminal justice system. That’s why we applaud the brave Stanford woman who is now suing the university for allegedly acting with 'deliberate indifference' to reports of sexual assault.

http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/12/07/stanford-failed-to-stop-sexual-predator-for-years-lawsuit-alleges/21622492/

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/12/06/lawsuit-stanford-acted-with-deliberate-indifference-to-reports-of-sexual-assault

Read more
1 reaction Share

WI--Minister arrested on child sex charges; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 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)

A Hale’s Corner minister has been arrested on child sex charges. We are glad that he’s been caught but we’re disappointed in how his supervisors and colleagues are responding. We call on them to work aggressively to help law enforcement prosecute the offender and find - and help – any other victims.

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/nov/26/pastor-charged-multiple-counts-child-molestation/

Read more
1 reaction Share

Vatican--Victims question “resources” offered by papal abuse commission

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 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)

Among other “resources,” the new Vatican abuse website “provides links to statements by Popes John Paul II, Benedict and Francis over the past 15 years on the subject.”

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/pope-francis-commission-protection-minors-launches-new-website

Really?

Read more
2 reactions Share

Vatican--Victims “depressed” by papal abuse panel website

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 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)

The new website of the papal abuse panel is depressingly disingenuous.

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/vatican-commission-launches-child-protection-website.cfm

Read more
1 reaction Share