MO- Archdiocesan writ denied by Supreme Court
For immediate release Wednesday February 5
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
For the third time, a court has basically told Archbishop Carlson to turn over records about 115 child molesting St. Louis clerics. We hope he complies. And we hope Carlson's flock insists that he also reveal how much money he's spent just on his hard-ball 'delay and attack' strategy in this one case.
This brave young woman and her attorney will learn these predators' names, but the public likely never will. So it's crucial that those who saw, suspected and suffered these horrific crimes to speak up, instead of waiting for secular judges or Catholic officials to disclose them.
No one knows how many of these 115 child molesting clerics are now coaches, tutors, teachers or still clerics. Even if they're retired, they're still uncles, sons and brothers with access to their relatives' children. Any reasonable person would and should assume they're still potentially dangerous. And many of them are working or living among us, but Carlson is protecting them - and himself - instead of protecting us and our kids.
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
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.