Australia- Victims demand Pell's return for questioning
For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 26
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Pope Francis has the right to promote any prelate he likes and to insist that he "start work as soon as possible" in Rome.
But citizens and Catholics have rights too. They have a right, through their governmental representatives, to question an alleged wrongdoer.
So we call on Pope Francis to reassure Australians today that Cardinal George Pell will be compelled to return to take questions by any panel that is investigating the church's on-going complicity in abuse cases in Australia. That is the least Pope Francis can do, given the great harm that has been done, the suffering that remains and the questions that still need answers.
We are very pained by the Pope's promotion of Pell. (It's clear that Pell ignored, minimized and concealed clergy child sex crimes.) But we will be even more pained if the Pope's callous move also enables an enabler - a cleric who protected predators instead of children - to evade legitimate and long-overdue questions about his extensive role in clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
(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 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by those in positions of authority including priests, nuns, rabbis, bishops, Protestant ministers, Scout leaders, teachers and coaches. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact – Nicky Davis, SNAP Australia Leader (04 4901 8594 firstname.lastname@example.org) David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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.