Australia--Pope must force Pell to testify

Australia--Pope must force Pell to testify

Friday 22 May, 2015

Media Statement by Nicky Davis, Leader, SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

nicky@nickydavis.com.au

0422 538 440

Pope Francis moved Cardinal George Pell to Rome from Australia. Now, the pontiff must force Pell to testify before a governmental panel.

Serious allegations against Pell have repeatedly been raised - both through sworn testimony and through media interviews.   

Francis has said - and Catholics all know - that to move forward, the truth about this scandal must be disclosed. Pell's participation in the governmental inquiry is crucial if this is to happen.

And for the healing of Australian Catholics and victims, Pell must be questioned under oath about child sex abuse and cover up cases in his home country.

The pope must act and act now.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (+1 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (+1 314-503-0003 cell,bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (+1 312-399-4747,  bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

     

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