NE- Diocese refuses to participate in church abuse program

For immediate release: Friday, March 28, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected])

A Catholic panel has released a report on whether and how bishops are abiding by the vague, weak and virtually never enforced "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."  

The Diocese of Lincoln is once again in violation of the Charter. The diocese did not allow church 'auditors' to come in and do their jobs.

Bishop James Conley had only been the bishop of Lincoln for a month in 2012, but that was plenty of time to make a positive change. We are disappointed that he is following in his predecessor's footsteps and not honoring their commitment to protect children.

We hoped Bishop Conley would have made a difference.  We hope he honors his pledge and his duty and complies with the Charter for the 2014 review though we doubt he will.

We also hope that every single person who sees, suspects or suffers clergy sex crimes in Nebraska to call police officials, not Catholic officials.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected])

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  • James LeBoeuf
    commented 2014-03-30 20:14:39 -0500
    Hi June…thank you for taking the time to answer my little comment. My religion is Neo-Shamanism, and I am the only member as far as I know. I hold the original gnostic religions in high regard, but I do not believe in “Holy Books” of any sort. Organized religions are mostly about managing the human livestock – you and me. By integrating experience of the Sacred with submission to dominant authority, religions divide humanity into 2 powerless camps: those who except submission in order to experience the Sacred, and those who reject the Sacred in order to avoid submission. Jesus Christ vs. Mick Jagger, as it were. Two sides of exactly the same coin.
  • June N
    commented 2014-03-29 15:02:45 -0500
    Hi Jim . . you have rightly observed that the RC “church” is an “organized crime syndicate hiding behind religion”. It is in truth masquerading as Christ’s church and that is a very serious matter . . for God is not mocked.
    Essential Reading for RC’s: God’s Word . . the Bible
    Supplemental Reading for RC’s: The Perilous Fondness for the Papacy’ /
    by Richard Bennett,Biblical Apologist & former RC priest:
    EXCERPT: Chapter Seventeen vividly depicts the features of the Apostate Church. It is done in graphically precise detail. The Apostle John beheld the ten-horned beast carrying a woman dressed in purple and scarlet, decked with gold, precious stones, and pearls, a harlot, and the mother of harlots and abominations. She is the paramour of kings, merciless, cruel, intoxicated with the blood of the saints and of the martyrs of Christ Jesus. These symbols are brilliantly portrayed. “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (v 9).This the Holy Spirit clarifies by proclaiming, “the woman which thou sawest is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (v 18). The city indisputably is Rome. The name upon the harlot’s brow is “mystery” (v 5)."
    My hope for David and the countless other Catholics who are deceived (as I once was) by this diabolical system, that they would heed the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ as it is found in Rev. 18:6:
    “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
    JuneAnnette, a Catholic by tradition . . made a Christian by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-7) and a witness to His Truth
  • James LeBoeuf
    commented 2014-03-28 19:19:31 -0500
    Hi June – SNAP is dependant on support from many sectors, including thousands of practicing Catholics who are nontheless sympathetic to the victims. You and I know it is an organized crime syndicate hiding behind religion, but I don’t think SNAP is in a position to make those kinds of statements. We all hope things will get better in our own way. (my two cents worth)
  • June N
    commented 2014-03-28 15:42:45 -0500
    David, Throughout your commentary, you consistently employ the word “hope” .
    I think if you were honest with yourself you would have to concede at this juncture that all your “hopes” for change and/or reform have been systematically dashed. The Roman Catholic institution is morally and spiritually bankrupt and corrupt through and through! Moreover . . Roman Catholicism is not Christ’s Church!
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