IL- Victims push for more predator priest files
Victims push for more predator priest files
And they react to action by United Nations panel
SNAP testified about Chicago abuse case in Geneva
Group wants Cardinal George to release more records
“Opening the Fr. McCormack files is crucial,” victims say
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will push Chicago Catholic officials to
--release more records about predator priests, and
--ask a court to disclose files about Chicago's most notorious child molesting cleric, Fr. Daniel McCormack.
They will also respond to a historic, just-released United Nations panel's report on how the Vatican is dealing with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1:00 pm
On the sidewalk outside the Chicago archdiocese chancery office, 835 N Rush, St, in Chicago
Four-five adults who belong to a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Some were molested as kids; others are concerned Catholics. One, SNAP's founder, has made two trips to Geneva in connection with the UN process and testified before the panel.
1) At 5:00 a.m. central time Wednesday, the Geneva-based United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will issue a much-awaited report on whether Vatican officials are complying with a treaty on children's rights. ( It will likely be posted here: http://ccrjustice.org/ and herehttp://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRCIndex.aspx )
US members of SNAP, including Chicago's Barbara Blaine, testified before the UN panel and were in Geneva last month when Vatican officials did the same. SNAP also submitted a lengthy report
Both verbally and in writing, SNAP cited the troubling 2006 case of Chicago's Fr. Daniel McCormack as one of many examples showing that Catholic officials still endanger kids, protect predators and hide information about known and suspected child sex crimes from police and prosecutors.
SNAP also cited a 2012 Chicago Tribune report about 32 proven, admitted or credibly accused US predator priests who have been sent or have gone overseas, sometimes to evade law enforcement.
No matter what the panel does, SNAP believes that this has already been a historic and helpful process for wounded victims and vulnerable kids “that will help “deter present and future callousness, recklessness and deceit”: by church and secular officials dealing with child sex crimes and cover ups.”
2) And two weeks ago, records about 30 Chicago archdiocesan predator priests were released by victims and their attorneys. At that time, Cardinal Francis George promised that he would release records on dozens of other child molesting clerics. He refused to say when, however, and has said nothing since making that pledge.
For the safety of kids, SNAP believes this process should start immediately and move quickly, focused first on those clerics who are still alive and not incarcerated.
Finally, the group also wants George to try to persuade a judge to unseal records in the McCormack case. Of all the 121 publicly accused Chicago area child molesting clerics, McCormack's records are the most important to disclose, SNAP believes, because those documents may well reveal names of current and/or recent church employees who acted irresponsibly.
If George and his top aides have “improved” their handling of clergy sex abuse reports, SNAP says, they should not be keeping these records secret and should be glad to help persuade a judge to release them.
Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmaiol.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell,SNAPdorris@gmail.com, Kate Bochte 630 768 1860 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.