In the wake of last week's blockbuster lawsuit by a former SNAP director, Gretchen Hammond, alleging that SNAP was engaged in an elaborate kickback scheme with Church-suing contingency lawyers, SNAP's longtime National Director David Clohessy has announced his resignation.
Jesse Bogan at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to report the news of Clohessy's embarrassing departure.
Clohessy's reckless disregard for truthClohessy was the ever-present face of SNAP at press conferences issuing crazy, hyperbolic, and often false statements to an all-too-willing media, whether it be wildly accusing Church officials of being evil or recklessly accusing innocent priests of being pedophiles.
(As we reported just a few months ago, a federal judge ruled that SNAP and Clohessy falsely accused an innocent priest of being a pedophile and had "made these statements negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth.")
As Hammond's lawsuit finally demonstrated, Clohessy's real motivation was not a real concern for victims of sex abuse but his hatred for the Catholic Church and his desire to generate publicity and raise money for SNAP.
And now Clohessy has given shifting and conflicting statements to the press regarding the timing and circumstances of his resignation. We laughed out loud when Clohessy actually cited "high cholesterol" as a contributing factor to his resignation. But more interesting was his claim that he tendered his resignation last October, yet we see that Clohessy is still listed (screenshot) on SNAP's web site as we write this tonight (1/25/17).
And, as gentle reminders, in addition to colluding with lawyers in kickback schemes, repeatedly lying to the media, and falsely accusing numerous innocent priests of being pedophiles, SNAP and Clohessy have:
- sued for the right to harass and intimidate parishioners at Sunday Mass;
- published the phone numbers and email addresses of accused clerics on the SNAP web site to incite harassment of Catholic priests;
- suggested that Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua was faking his cancer to avoid appearing in court (Bevilacqua died in his sleep less than 36 hours after Clohessy's unbelievable remark);
- smeared an innocent woman and her day care business by falsely claiming that a suspended Catholic priest was living there;