Canada--Victims urge CA authorities to nab predator priest
For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, email@example.com)
A predator priest who is wanted in Canada walks free today in Malta. We hope Canadian authorities will move quickly to apprehend him before he disappears.
Fr. Godwin Scerri has been paroled. He had been found guilty of sexual abusing young boys. He is wanted by the Ontario provincial police having avoided prosecution there two decades ago when he fled to Malta.
Scerri belongs to a Catholic religious order called the Missionary Society of St Paul.
We beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Scerri’s crimes – in Canada, Malta or elsewhere – to find courage, speak up, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids. We urge Catholic officials in Canada to use pulpit announcements, church bulletins and parish websites to warn parents, police, parishioners and the public about Scerri.
(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)
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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