Media Statements

We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

OH--Abuse victims blast Canton-based church group

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23

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

Officials at a Canton-based church group apparently erased the name of one of their treasurers after he was arrested in Indianapolis for paying for sex with a prostitute and intimidating her.

According to the Indianapolis Star, “In a biography that has since been deleted from the group’s website, “John Robert Fiers, 53, Indianapolis, was “credited as a founding member and the treasurer-general” of the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches (330 354 5963).  


PA--Predator bishop is back on the job; Victims object

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Statement from Cappy Larson, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

For more information: Cappy Larson (cappy@rlarson.com415-637-2006); David Clohessy, SNAP Director (davidgclohessy@gmail.com314-566-9790)

“Predator” bishop still on the job

Deemed guilty by colleagues, he’s now in a parish

His superiors claims “we haven’t put him to work there”

But controversial cleric is listed on PA church’s website

SNAP sends harsh message to hierarchs now meeting in Atlanta

“Block this dangerous, deceptive and callous move,” group pleads

A Chicago bishop found guilty of sexual misconduct and forced him to retire by his colleagues is now in charge of a western Pennsylvania parish and a support group for victims wants him ousted

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-ousted-orthodox-bishop-parish-priest-met-20150716-story.html   


OH--Victims blast sending accused priest home

Victims blast sending accused priest abroad

For immediate release: Monday, July 20

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

Toledo Catholic Bishop Daniel Thomas is sending a priest who has been accused of inappropriate acts with a child home to India. This is irresponsible. This solves nothing. In fact, this increases the chances of kids getting hurt.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2015/07/19/Leaders-say-priest-should-leave-U-S.html   


MN--Victims skeptical of Catholic “listening sessions”

For immediate release: Friday, July 17

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

We’re skeptical of the just-announced so-called “listening sessions” focused on clergy sex crimes in St. Cloud. They seem more about getting good public relations and mollifying parishioners than about preventing crimes and ending cover ups (especially because in this small diocese, at least 63 Catholic clerics are publicly accused child molesters).

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3854713.shtml

http://visitor.stcdio.org/bishop-kettler-to-hold-listening-sessions-following-abuse-allegations/  


TX--Victims applaud new anti-abuse billboard

For immediate release: Friday, July 17

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

A new billboard between Austin and Waco criticizes Jehovah’s Witness officials about child sex crimes and cover ups in the denomination.

We applaud the victims and concerned individuals who funded and designed it.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/07/16/new-billboard-criticizes-jehovahs-witness-leadership-for-enabling-pedophiles/   


DC--Catholic teacher arrested; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 17

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 Catholic school teacher faces child sex abuse charges. Cardinal Donald Wuerl must step up now and aggressively seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/catholic-school-teacher-charged-with-touching-two-teenage-students/2015/07/17/8a245b52-2c95-11e5-a5ea-cf74396e59ec_story.html  


PA--Victims urge action on predator priest/therapist

For immediate release: Thursday, July 16

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 suspended, twice-accused predator priest is now a therapist. Shame on Catholic officials in Camden and Philadelphia for doing almost nothing to protect kids from him and warn parents about him.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150716_Despite_allegations__ex-priest_thrives_as_family_therapist.html   


IL--Victims want pastor disciplined for helping sex offender

For immediate release: Thursday, July 16 

For more information: Cappy Larson of San Francisco, California, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) (cappy@rlarson.com415-637-2006); Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com925-708-6175)

Episcopal priest publicly backs convicted pedophile

Victims write to his superior denouncing this “hurtful” move

Bishop should severely reprimand the priest, support group says

SNAP: “He should also use this opportunity to educate his clergy

A Springfield-area priest has taken to the internet to publicly back a convicted child molesting cleric and a victims’ group wants Springfield’s Episcopal bishop to discipline the priest.      


OH--Victims prod Cleveland bishop over child porn priest

For immediate release: Thursday, July 16

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

A priest who worked in Cleveland has been sentenced to prison on unrelated child pornography crimes. We now hope law enforcement officials will pursue charges against any clerics who helped him conceal his crimes.

From 1983-1984, Fr. Richard James Kurtz taught at Gesu school, with 600+ students, at 450 Miramar Blvd in University Heights (216-932-0620). But he will spend 12 years behind bars.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Kurtz_Richard_James_sj.htm


Mexico--Bishop ousted; Victims urge caution

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 15

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

(314 566 9790SNAPclohessy@aol.comdavidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Let’s be a bit more skeptical of claims that the Vatican is in some way acting against a Mexican bishop for hiding clergy child sex crimes.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/pope-francis-dumps-two-more-bishops-house-cleaning-continues


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