Denmark--Catholic officials must do outreach re accused priest
For immediate release: Monday, Dec 12, 2016
A Danish priest is accused of child sex crimes. Now, his bishop must aggressively
--help law enforcement prosecute him and
--seek out and help others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes.
Catholic officials know that
--the overwhelming majority of accusations against priests prove true,
--the overwhelming majority of child molesting clerics have multiple victims, and
--the overwhelming majority of child sex abuse cases are tough to prove, so it’s crucial to find more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.
So if Catholic officials want to help vulnerable kids, wounded victims and law enforcement, they’ll use parish websites and church bulletins and pulpit announcements to beg others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by this priest to call police. If Catholic officials are timid, self-serving bureaucrats, they’ll sit passively back and do little or nothing to further the cause of justice or children’s safety.
No matter what courts or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who may have knowledge or suspicions about child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches, schools or other institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. 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 by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Danish priest charged with new cases of child sex abuse
December 12th, 2016 5:14 pm| by Lucie Rychla Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail
A 46-year-old priest from Tømmerup near Kalundborg in west Zealand, who has been in custody since June facing charges that he sexually abused an underage girl, has now been accused of doing the same to four boys.
According to the West Zealand Police, the priest is currently being investigated on . . .
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.