IL- More clergy sex cases settled vs. archdiocese; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Another settlement has been reached in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit involving the now-defrocked Fr. Daniel McCormack and the Chicago Catholic archdiocese.
It's time for Cardinal Francis George to show real leadership and disclose all his files about the McCormack case. It's time for George to settle these cases quickly so that all of those who were hurt by McCormack can begin moving forward. And it's time for every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by McCormack or cover ups by church officials to step forward, expose wrongdoers, and deter more cover ups.
(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 15,000 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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