CHL - Archbishop refuses to answer questions: Survivors respond
For immediate release: Tuesday October 15, 2013
Statement by Juan Carlos Cruz (+1 312 420 4301, email@example.com)
The obvious question here is: what is Archbishop Ezzati hiding?
More than one priest is accused of committing abuses on the children at Catholic homes. Regardless of who is accused the Archbishop should honor his duties as a citizen and be questioned by secular officials.
For centuries, Catholic officials have acted as if they are above the law. They're still doing this. And they're doing it to protect themselves and their reputations and their predator priests.
The Archbishop is a member of the Catholic church, of course, but he's also a member of Chilean society. He has an obligation to obey the rules of both institutions. It's wrong for him to hide behind one set of rules to avoid being held responsible for violating another set of rules.
By thumbing his nose at Chilean officials, the Archbishop is being irresponsible and encouraging his colleagues, staff and flock to do likewise.
We hope he will not be able to get away with this kind of disrespectful and damaging secrecy.
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com) , Juan Carlos Cruz (+1 312 420 4301, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.