SNAP Media Events

Victims push for new abuse probe; D.C. Presser 8/13 1:30pm

Victims push for new abuse probe

They ask DC AG to open investigation

SNAP: 'Dozens of abusers are/were here but remain hidden'

And they prod DC’s archbishop to reveal more predators

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hold a sidewalk news conference revealing the names of the "DC's Most Dangerous Dozen Child Molesting Clerics" - 12 proven, admitted &/or credibly accused predator priests who

--are still alive and presumably a threat to children now,

--are or were working and or living in the District of Columbia BUT

--are NOT on the official DC Catholic archdiocesan 'credibly accused' list.

They will also release copies of two letters they're sending:

--one to DC Attorney General Brian Schwalb, urging him to launch a 'thorough, full-scale investigation, like 25 other AGs across the US have done, into Catholic clergy sex crimes and cover-ups in the Washington DC archdiocese,’ and

--one to DC Cardinal Wilton Gregory, urging him to add those names, and dozens of others, to his “woefully inaccurate and inadequate” list of 'credibly accused' abusive clerics on the archdiocesan website.

 

 

 

 

 


Diocese of Oakland priest accused of child sexual abuse in a current lawsuit still in ministry in Orinda

For immediate release July 1, 2023

Diocese of Oakland priest accused of child sexual abuse in a current lawsuit still in ministry in Orinda

As far as SNAP can tell, the faithful were never alerted and the cleric was never suspended

Survivors’ group wonders why the promises of the Dallas Charter were ignored?

Victims and advocates urge Bishop Michael Barber to be transparent with the parishioners of his Diocese and the public and explain why this happened


Clergy sex abuse victims presser Friday 6/30 @ 2:15 in Peoria

(For Immediate Release June 29, 2023) 

 

New pedophile priests are exposed

Victims want Peoria bishop to post ten more names

SNAP: “Kids aren’t safe until church ‘comes clean’ on abuse

Whistleblowers & victims are urged to ‘keep coming forward

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a clergy sex abuse victim will blast Peoria’s Catholic bishop for refusing to add the names of ten publicly accused child molesting clerics to the ‘credibly accused’ abusers list posted on his website.

--Two of them have never been ‘outed’ here even though they were in the Peoria Diocese, and

--Eight of them Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul urged Peoria’s bishop to add last month.

The victim will also

--call on all Catholic church members and employees to, 'for the safety of kids and the healing of victims,' circulate the names of the offenders and urge their church officials to do ‘more aggressive outreach to anyone who may have seen suspected or suffered their crimes,’ and

--urge anyone with information about or suspicions of clergy sex crimes to “keep coming forward to police and prosecutors, not to church figures.”


Abuse victims to leaflet Decatur churches 9:30 & 10a.m. - Fri 6/30

(For Immediate Release June 29, 2023)

 

New pedophile priests are exposed

SNAP: ‘15 of them were in Decatur

Group to leaflet two local Catholic churches

Fliers ask parishioners to “spread the word” about clerics

Whistleblowers & victims are urged to ‘keep coming forward

 

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos, a clergy sex abuse victim will

--disclose the names of more than a dozen proven, admitted or credibly accused abusive clerics who are or were in the Decatur area (based on a recent Illinois attorney general’s report, mainstream media accounts and Catholic church records),

--highlight several who are still alive and may still live in the area, and

-give leaflets to passers-by and put them on cars and homes to warn parents about several of the clerics who are still alive and may still be in the area.

He will also 

--call on all Catholic church members and employees to, 'for the safety of kids and the healing of victims,' circulate the names of the offenders and urge their church officials to do ‘more aggressive outreach to anyone who may have seen suspected or suffered their crimes,’ and

--urge anyone with information about or suspicions of clergy sex crimes to “keep coming forward to police and prosecutors, not to church figures.”

 


Advocates comment following the resignation of Bishop Richard Stika of the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, TN

June 28, 2023


What:
  Press Conference

When:  June 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. EDT

 

Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 216 Peregrine Way, Knoxville, TN 37922   (865) 690-6511

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/tyskhgi-hilton-garden-inn-knoxville-west-cedar-bluff/hotel-location/

 

Who: 

  • Susan Vance, a Tennessee leader of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
  • Patrick A. Thronson, Attorney for the Plaintiff, John Doe v. the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville and Bishop Richard Stika, Janet, Janet, & Suggs, LLC, Baltimore, MD
  • John Spragens, Attorney for the Plaintiff, John Doe v. the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville and Bishop Richard Stika, Spragens Law PLC, Nashville, TN
  • Andrew C. Fels, Attorney for the Plaintiff, Jane Doe v. the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville and Anthony Punnackal, Fels Law
  • Dave Wells, former Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Cathedral

 

Why:  Commentary from attorneys as well as advocates following the resignation of Bishop Richard Stika of the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, TN

 

Join the complete press conference on Zoom:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86918275289 (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86918275289) You can sign into the meeting as early as 8:00 a.m. and will be let into the press conference at 9:00 a.m.  This will be recorded as well and made available to be seen later.

 

Summary: Pope Francis yesterday, June 27, 2023, confirmed the resignation of Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee.  At this press conference, you will hear from key players in the events that will unfold in this saga in Knoxville. There will be time for questions at the end. 

 

Links: 

New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/27/us/bishop-richard-stika-resigns-vatican.html’’

 

Knoxville News Sentinel

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2023/06/27/knoxville-bishop-richard-stika-resign-amid-sex-abuse-lawsuits/69953710007/

 

Statement from Bishop Richard Stika

https://dioknox.org/news/bishop-stika-announces-retirement


Statement from Archbishop Shelton Fabre https://dioknox.org/news/message-from-apostolic-administrator

Contact:  Susan Vance, SNAP Leader Tennessee (865-748-3518  [email protected] snapnetwork.org) Mike McDonnell, SNAP Interim Executive Director (267-261-0578 [email protected])

 


SNAP urges the Diocese of Oakland to publish the names of all of those accused in recently filed lawsuits

For immediate release June 20, 2023

 

SNAP urges the Diocese of Oakland to publish the names of all of those accused in recently filed lawsuits

 

Clergy abuse victims and advocates demand that Bishop Michael Barber withdraw his request to the bankruptcy court to keep this information "confidential," saying that bankruptcy should not be used to hide child sex crimes

 

The group will also again beg AG Rob Bonta to publish a report about what his office has uncovered about the abuse of boys and girls in Catholic California

 

WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and advocates will:

 

-- Urge the Diocese of Oakland to publish the names of the accused and information about their assaults for all of those who have been named in lawsuits under the recent child victims act;

-- Demand that Bishop Michael Barber rescind his request to the federal bankruptcy court to hide those names; and

-- Renew their call for Attorney General Rob Bonta to publish a report about what he has found regarding the sexual abuse of boys and girls in the Catholic Church in California.

WHEN: June 20, 2023, at 10 AM

WHERE: On the public sidewalk outside the United States Bankruptcy Court,1300 Clay Street, Oakland


Abuse victims to leaflet Catholic church Sat 6/17 @ 3pm

(For Immediate Release June 16, 2023) 

Abuse victims to leaflet Catholic church

They ask parishioners to help prod KC bishop

‘He still refuses to disclose all molesters’ SNAP says

Group names 2 local predators ‘never outed here before

They have been deemed ‘credibly accused’ of abuse elsewhere

Diocese won’t name two other priests, but paid their victims $377,000

WHAT

As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers urging parishioners to insist that their bishop disclose the names of all predator priests who are or were in the KC MO diocese, including

--two who have never been publicly accused of abuse in the KC area before (but have been deemed ‘credibly accused’ abusers in other Catholic dioceses), and

--two who have been sued for molesting in KC MO (and cases settled for $277,000 and $60,000)

None of the four are on the KC MO diocese’s list of alleged predators even though it’s documented that they lived and/or worked in the KC MO diocese.

The leaflets also beg church-goers to ask their loved ones if they were hurt by any of the now 40+ publicly accused KC MO predator priests (according to a respected, online archive called BishopAccountability.org)

WHEN

Saturday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE

Outside the KC Catholic diocese’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416. W. 12th Street in downtown Kansas City MO

WHO

Three-four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a St. Louis man who is the organization’s former executive director (now Missouri volunteer director)

WHY

SNAP has found four more credibly accused child molesting clerics who live or lived in the KC MO diocese and should be - but are NOT - on the KC MO diocese’s list of alleged predators.

Two of them - Msgr. Martin Henry Froeschl and Fr. Alexander B. (“Sandy”) Sinclair – have been sued for molesting KC MO kids. Cases against them have settled for a total of $337,000. Yet they are NOT on the KC MO list.

Two others - Fr. James V. McCormick and Fr. Lawrence C. Schierhoff - are on church ‘credibly accused’ lists in other dioceses - in St. Louis, Jeff City and South Dakota) but NOT on the KC MO list.

(McCormick and Schierhoff are being ‘outed’ here for the first time. Both clerics are virtually unknown in KC MO. Previously, SNAP has urged KC MO church officials to add Froeschel and Sinclair.)

Over the past 2-3 years, SNAP has criticized KC MO Bishop James Johnston before for refusing to put all child molesting clerics (priests, nuns, bishops, seminarians, monks, brothers) on his diocesan ‘credibly accused’ list.

For the most part, Johnston has ignored SNAP’s requests, even though he chairs the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Youth Protection

https://www.usccb.org/committees/protection-children-young-people/committee#tab--committee-members

Bishops elsewhere have, however, responded to several such requests by SNAP, adding names of credibly accused child molesting clerics.

DETAILS

According to BishopAccountability.org, an authoritative and respected online archive of the church’s abuse crisis, there are 41 publicly accused KC MO predator priests, although the KC MO diocese lists only 38 such priests.

SNAP says Bishop Johnston should list, but refuses to list, more than 20 proven, admitted, or credibly accused child molesting clerics who are or were in his diocese.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/dioceses/usa-mo-kansas-city-st-joseph/

https://kcsjcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/Substantiated.08012022.Hartwayupdate.PUBLISHED.pdf

CONTACT

David Clohessy, SNAP Leader Missouri (314-566-9790, [email protected])  Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager (267-261-0578 ([email protected])


SNAP to hold Sidewalk Press Conference in Baltimore

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will speak about the new revelations that
identify many of the redactions that were made in the Attorney Genera’s report on the Child Sexual
Abuse in the Archdiocese of Maryland


https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/press/2022/111722.pdf


https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/community/religion/john-krzyanski-joseph-omeara-samuel-
lupico-catholic-sex-abuse-report-NTWFDCHPJBHBVPU6OIGNRJTTG4/


https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/investigations/bs-md-church-officials-sexual-abuse-redacted-
20230504-pngpc2eym5ehjjocmgttwg3o4q-story.html


WHAT: A sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests, will speak about the information revealed by the two major
newspapers in Baltimore. We know that several of the officials were completely complicit in
covering up and enabling abusers.

WHEN: Monday, May 8th at 11:30 am

WHERE: In front of the Archdiocese of Baltimore office, 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201
WHO: 7-10 abuse survivors and advocates, including the Maryland SNAP Leader David Lorenz, who
wants to see church officials remove any and all priests who knowingly mislead victims or enabled
abusers to continue harming children by their actions or lack of action.


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