NM--Clergy sex victims blast the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s new secrecy move
For immediate release: Thursday, April 27
Santa Fe’s Catholic archbishop is doing the "same old, same old," - fighting in court to keep clergy sex crimes and cover ups covered up.
Several years ago, when speaking of the crisis, the then Pope told Irish bishops, "It is important to establish the truth of what happened." And under intense international pressure, the Pope pledged to "do everything possible" to prevent future child sex crimes. But apparently, Archbishop John Wester wasn't listening or disagrees. He's battling to prevent the truth from being exposed and potentially enable future child sex crimes by keeping secret about those who committed and concealed such horrors.
Wester continues the same, devastating and reckless practices that Catholic officials have engaged in for decades. We hope he'll read and heed his boss' promises and then reconsider his aggressive and expensive legal maneuvers.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.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.
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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