David Clohessy Resigns from SNAP

This email just arrived in my mailbox:

We want to share with you that David Clohessy has voluntarily resigned from SNAP effective December 31, 2016.  We are eternally grateful for David’s dedication to SNAP and its mission over the past almost thirty years.  

His passion, his voice, and his kindness have touched us all.  We will miss David and we wish him much happiness.  David will always be a friend and an inspiration to SNAP and its many dedicated and hardworking volunteers.    

Mary Ellen Kruger
Board Chair

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Should Prosecution Have Let Key Witness Testify in Msgr. Lynn Trial?

Click here to read, “Detective testifies he warned prosecutor of ‘great inconsistencies’ in story of key witness in trial of Msgr. Lynn,” by Joseph A. Slobodzian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2017

Excerpt:

Instead, Walsh told a Philadelphia judge Friday, the veteran detective found himself unable to get the 23-year-old witness to explain numerous inconsistencies in his story of being molested by two priests and a parochial-school teacher in a Northeast parish in 1998 and 1999.

Reporting Abuse to Another Abuser

Click here to read: “Lancaster Co. clergy abuse victim: My report wasn’t passed on,” by Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record, Dec. 9, 2016

Excerpt:

For 25 years, Sharon Tell didn’t know why she got no response after reporting she had been sexually abused by a priest.

As an adult, she told a priest at a Lancaster County church that a priest in the Allentown diocese had abused her for two decades, beginning when she was 12. Although Tell eventually notified the Allentown diocese herself, she said she never heard from anyone in the Harrisburg diocese, which oversees churches in Lancaster County.

Editor’s Note:

The Catholic Church and other institutions fail miserably at self policing. Always report abuse to:

ChidLine 1-800-932-0313;

The Attorney General’s hotline 1-888-538-8541;

Local law enforcement.

 

Six of Eight Pa. Dioceses Investigated

Click here to read, “Six of state’s eight Catholic dioceses under investigation,” by Steve Esack, The Morning Call, September 16, 2016

Excerpt:

Grand jury investigations are the only way to uncover abuses that were allowed to happen for decades, said the Rev. Thomas Doyle, an inactive priest from Virginia, who has testified before a Philadelphia grand jury and in other probes across the country and world.

“It goes beyond priests abusing kids,” Doyle said. “It’s the cover-ups by the Catholic bishops.”

Priest Arrested for Child Porn

Click here to read: “Lehigh Co. Priest Arrested On Child Pornography,” 6ABC.com, September 13, 2016

Editor’s note: This continues to be a present-day problem for the Church. Porn is not victimless. It involves real children and real abuse. Also, statistics prove that child porn often leads to child sex abuse. Please note that creeps don’t “retire” from their child porn or abuse habits.

Prayer Request

Please keep C4C friend Kate FitzGerald and her family in your prayers as they mourn the sudden loss of a family member. Kathy Kane and I are so sorry for her loss.

Priests Added to List of Alleged Abusers

Click here to read: “Diocese: Three priests added to list of alleged abusers,” by Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record, August 29, 2016

Excerpt:

Add three priests accused of child sexual abuse to the list of those with ties to the Harrisburg diocese.

The diocese confirmed Friday three names identified by the York Daily Record/Sunday News, which has been investigating the scope of abuse in the diocese.

York Daily Record Exposes 15 Accused Priest Abusers

Excerpt: A list of 15 priests, compiled by the York Daily Record, was provided to the diocese on June 14. On July 21, after multiple requests by the Daily Record, the diocese responded to each name on the list. It is believed to be the first time the Harrisburg diocese has confirmed a list of accused priests, including details on where and when they served, and how the diocese responded when the allegations were made.

Click here to read the full article: “15 Priests Accused of Abuse Had Ties to Harrisburg Diocese,” by Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record, August 9, 2016