IA - SNAP applauds Judge forcing diocese to list accused priests
An Iowa judge is ordering Davenport Catholic officials to publicly list three accused priests on their diocesan website. The accused priests are Rev. John Bonn, Rev. Michael Broderick, and Rev. William Dawson.
We applaud this judge and her ruling. The public needs and deserves to know more, not less, about clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes. Parents and parishioners need and deserve church officials who honor, not disregard, commitments to be open about pedophile priests.
We also applaud Katie Bowman. Her courage and persistence is helping to peel back deeply-held and long-standing corruption and crimes in the Davenport Catholic hierarchy. She's helping to show that church officials continue to prefer secrecy over transparency.
We hope anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by these three clerics - or other current or former Davenport Catholic employees - will find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start to heal.
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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