Chile - predator priest allowed around children
For immediate release: Thursday August 15, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Because of a legal short coming, a credibly accused Chilean predator priest is listed as able to work around kids.
We hope Chilean lawmakers will reexamine the standard that they use in making such decisions. Regardless of what the law may allow, church officials must be held to a higher standard.
Chilean Catholics and citizens deserve a clear, written pledge from church officials; Fr Karadima will never be allowed around kids.
We applaud Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and other victims of Karadima for continuing to warn the public about the dangers of this predator priest.
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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