An ex-Philly priest pleads guilty to abuse; SNAP responds
We’re grateful that Avery’s victim won’t have to endure a trial. We hope all of Avery’s victims will feel comforted, knowing that kids will be safe from him for several years.
At the same time, however, a trial helps reveal often shocking levels of corruption by church officials – information that the public and parishioners need and deserve to know. When clergy sex abuse and cover up cases settle before trial, embarrassing secrets about the Catholic hierarchy remain secret.
We also suspect that Avery sexually assaulted other kids who may still be able to step forward and get help.
Avery won’t be locked up for long. And when he gets out, he’ll still be dangerous. So we urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to step forward now and call law enforcement. This is not the time to be complacent. It’s the time to do all we can to safeguard the vulnerable by helping the police.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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