GA--Victims want Catholic official fired in abuse case
For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Atlanta Catholics and Holy Spirit Preparatory families deserve more information about allegations against Fr. Thomas Aloysius Flynn of the controversial Legion of Christ religious order. And Archbishop Wilton Gregory and the school’s board should fire the headmaster who refused to call police about suspected child sexual abuse.
Headmaster Kyle Pietrantonio allegedly followed church protocol. But he didn’t call 911. No matter what one’s employer requires in such cases, every caring adult should immediately call police when child sex crimes are reported or suspected.
Gregory should send a strong signal to his staff and flock by firing Pietrantonio.
No matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or 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)
Catholic school priest fired, but no charges filed after alleged abuse
Posted: May 25, 2016 4:49 PM CDT - Updated: May 25, 2016 10:33 PM CDT
By Jonathan Andrews, Digital Manager
ATLANTA (CBS46) - Parents of students at an Atlanta Catholic school are outraged after they say the school's headmaster failed to notify police of alleged abuse of a young girl.
Witnesses reported "inappropriate touching" of a fourth-grade girl by Father Thomas Aloysius Flynn, to police in April. But according to parents, the school didn’t.
Now, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, an exclusive Catholic prep school to nearly 600 students in northwest Atlanta, is doing . . .
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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