Media Statements

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MN--SNAP: “Real numbers in Catholic church scandal are much higher”

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

About 407 abuse victims of Twin Cities child molesting Catholic clerics have stepped forward in just a few months. Now, there’s a risk that the extent of the abuse and cover up crisis will be understated.

http://www.startribune.com/attorneys-say-sex-abuse-claims-against-archdiocese-of-st-paul-and-minneapolis-surpass-400/320546922/    


MO--Another child sex suit vs. archdiocese; SNAP blasts secrecy

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7

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)

“Openness and transparency.” That’s what Archbishop Robert Carlson keeps promising. But he keeps breaking this promise.

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/lawsuit-filed-against-st-louis-archdiocese-alleges-abuse-by-high/article_f3c46d38-b846-537a-90eb-eb742aac6032.html   


Argentina--Victims blast new Catholic abuse policy in Argentina

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 6

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)

Argentine Catholic officials today released a new church policy on child sexual abuse. At best, it’s irrelevant. At worst, it’s deceptive.

Why? Because there will be no enforcement. There never is.

http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/sociedad/3-278747-2015-08-06.html


DE--Victims applaud DE AG for pursuing Jehovah’s Witnesses

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 6

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

We’re thrilled that Delaware officials are prosecuting church staff who claim they have no duty to report known or suspected child sex crimes to police.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/08/05/ag-claims-seaford-congregation-report-sex-abuse/31184877/   


IL--Chicago archbishop delays announcing allegation

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 5

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

Chicago’s archbishop kept quiet for more than a week about child pornography allegations against a priest.

Police are investigating possible child sex images on the computer of Fr. Octavio Munoz Capetillo, pastor of St. Pancratius in the Brighton Park neighborhood. Archbishop Blasé Cupich apparently suspended Fr. Capetillo on 8/27 but made no public announcement until 8/3.


CA--Victims praise ruling on Catholic abuse records

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 4
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 newspaper has won in its battle to force secretive Catholic officials to release records in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case. We are grateful for this ruling. And we’re disgusted that Monterey Catholic officials continue to protect predators.

Chile--Controversial Chilean cleric is quietly sent away

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 4

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

Catholic officials have quietly sent to another country a priest who admits facilitating illegal adoptions. Shame on them. http://www.koat.com/national/adoption-scandal-priest-leaves-chile/34408920   


WI--Milwaukee Archdiocese "settles" sex abuse bankruptcy: $15 million dollars for hundreds of victims, $30 million for a handful of lawyers

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee; but in Washington DC today CONTACT:  414.429.7259; available in Milwaukee today CONTACT: Mark Salmon, 414.712.2092; Monica Barrett 414.704.6074)

In a perverse and cynical parody of the famous biblical story of King Solomon, it has been announced today that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reached a monetary “settlement” with the Creditors Committee of the nearly five year old church sex abuse bankruptcy. It is exponentially the lowest bankruptcy compensation for victims in the United States.    


WI--What to look for in the Milwaukee Archdiocese new bankruptcy reorganization plan

What to look for in the Milwaukee Archdiocese new bankruptcy reorganization plan

New plan must fairly compensate victims and demonstrate the archdiocese no longer practices sex abuse fraud

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)

CONTACT:  414.429.7259  (Or Mark Salmon, 414.712.2092; Monica Barrett 414.704.6074)

The Milwaukee Archdiocese is scheduled to file into court soon a revised corporate reorganization plan in what is now the largest, longest and legally expensive church bankruptcy in US history.    


NJ--Priest abused in NJ, then taught in MD

For immediate release: Thursday, July 30

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 priest who fled the US after raping a teenager in New Jersey later quietly taught at a Maryland school. Catholic bishops in both states should aggressively seek out his victims and warn the public about him.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/07/have_you_seen_father_manuel_priest_accused_of_rapi.html0


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