ID- priest ousted, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
An Idaho Catholic priest working in Missouri has been ousted from his parish. Neither bishops – one in Boise and one in Kansas City – are saying why.
We’re disappointed that Catholic officials continue to treat their flock like children and withhold potentially helpful information about the misconduct of priests.
KC Bishop Robert Finn is the only sitting US bishop to have been convicted for endangering kids after hiding evidence of a priest’s possession of child porn from police. So prudent people are skeptical of any claims Finn might make about alleged wrongdoing by clerics.
If Fr. Ramirez stole money, exploited adult parishioners or groomed potentially vulnerable kids, even if there’s no solid proof of a crime, Catholics in Idaho and Kansas City deserve to know this.
We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by Fr. Ramirez will call law enforcement.
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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