Australia: Sins of omission: the testimony of Gerald Ridsdale
Jane Lee, May 28, 2015 - 6:56PM, The Age--Victoria
In his blind loyalty to those who have washed their hands of him, Gerald Ridsdale has betrayed those he has already failed.
Who was the priest in the room when he raped a child in his office?
He would not, or could not, say. For almost two days, he said he could not
Expectations were probably too high. He is an elderly man in jail. He has admitted . . .
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.
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