CA- Victims settle with LA Archdiocese, victims respond
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are proud of these brave victims who came forward to seek justice for their abuse and accountability for the fraudulent cover-up of abuse by Archdiocesan officials like Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry. These tenacious men and women are the reason that the public is learning just how horrible the scope and scale of the abuse and cover-up have been in Los Angeles.
We can only hope that Archbishop Gomez and Pope Francis take more than "symbolic" actions to make sure that these crimes stop. No one has been punished for covering up abuse, and allowing predators to escape law enforcement. When no one is punished, how do we know that the crimes have stopped?
Cardinal Mahony is celebrating Mass with Pope Francis, even though the LA Cardinal had no problem allowed molesters to roam free and escape punishment. That is the true injustice and shows the true intentions of the church when it comes to protecting children.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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)
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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