Chile- three clergy abuse victims sue Santiago bishop
For immediate release: September 3, 2013
Statement by Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We applaud these brave men who have had the persistence and strength to seek justice and protect others from harm.
Now more than ever we encourage anyone who has been hurt by Father Fernando Karadima to come forward and begin to heal. We beg anyone who has seen or suspected misdeeds by Karadima report the information to law enforcement officials.
These survivors are seeking to have the truth exposed so that they can protect other children. Karadima is no longer active, however, those who enabled him are. By exposing how much they knew and how little they did to protect these survivors, the parishioners and public will know how church officials refused to protect children.
Karadima was found guilty of sexually abusing minors in February 2011.
Church officials were warned as early as 1984 about Karadima’s “improper conduct.” Church officials were warned again in 2003 but it was not until 2004 that the first investigation was opened. Two years later the investigator stated to Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuiriz Ossa he believed the allegations were credible. The Cardinal stopped the investigation for more than three years to wait for new evidence.
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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