IL- Cardinal is deposed tomorrow
For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
We are glad Cardinal Francis George will be deposed in the disturbing Fr. Daniel McCormack abuse and cover up case. But we are upset that some records about McCormack are still secret, even though George and other Catholic officials formally pledged 12 years ago to be “open and transparent” in these cases.
We hope victims' attorneys will get to question George about his deceptive and reckless actions in other cases too, including those of Fr. Kenneth Martin, Fr. Joseph Bennett, Fr. Norbert Maday, Fr. John Calicott, Fr. Michael Yakaitis, Fr. Elijah Martin and about other church staff who ignored or concealed abuse, like Fr. Leonard Dubi and Fr. Edward Grace.
To some, the McCormack case may seem like “old news.” But the devastating and preventable pain of McCormack's victims is likely very much current. And there's still much more about this horrific case that remains hidden, we believe. Chicago citizens and Catholics deserve to know the full truth about the terribly selfish and irresponsible actions by several church officials that enabled a serial predator to assault more children.
Finally, keep in mind that almost every cleric tied to the McCormack scandal was subsequently promoted.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 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)
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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