Chile- Where's investigation into Chile priest baby stealing?

Chile- Where's investigation into Chile priest baby stealing?

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A Chilean priest who Catholic officials say stole babies from their mothers (claiming that the infants were dead) says he'll return from Spain to face criminal charges if they are filed against him. We believe Father Alex Vigueras is lying. 

We also think this Chilean priest is lying when he says he was trying to stop abortions. We believe he was motivated by greed. Evidence in Spain suggests that priests and nuns there stole babies from mothers for financial gain.

We suspect this was true in Chile too.

Catholic officials in either Spain or Chile should insist that this abusive priest live in a treatment center until he is quickly defrocked and harshly denounced by the church hierarchy.

We hope that every single person who has seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr.Gerardo Joannon or his church colleagues or supervisors will contact law enforcement, get help, expose wrongdoers, and start healing.

Finally, why aren't officials – both secular and religious – calling for an independent inquiry into these horrific actions? It's just irresponsible to let Catholic officials investigate Catholic clerics for alleged crimes.

(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 25years and have 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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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