MO- Catholics & victims to hold vigil about archbishop
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Robert Schutzius 314 837 0678
Two groups hold vigil
They're appalled by archbishop
Just-released deposition gets national attention
A group of concerned Catholics and a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will hold a short vigil tomorrow outside the Cathedral protesting comments made by St. Louis' archbishop during a deposition that was released on Monday.
Leaders of the ARC, the Association for the Rights of Catholics and SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are upset by admissions and alleged memory lapses by the area's top Catholic official, Archbishop Robert Carlson.
The event will be at 2 p.m. outside the "new" Cathedral on Lindell (at Newstead)
Last month, under oath, Carlson:
- claimed 193 times that he didn't recall specifics about clergy sex abuse cases,
- admitted that he never once called police to report abuse in 24 years as a Catholic official in Minnesota, and
- said he wasn't sure if he knew in the 1980s whether child sex abuse was illegal.
A firestorm of criticism, from conservative and liberal Catholics, has erupted and articles from coast-to-coast have pilloried Carlson.
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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