Italy- Victims demand bishop’s resignation
For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
An Italian bishop secretly defrocked an abusive priest and victims are now calling for his resignation. We support this call.
The former priest Marco Mangiacasale was fired last December after the CDF determined the allegations against him were credible. Bishop Diego Coletti of Como, however, tried to keep the laicization hidden. That's wrong. Parents, parishioners and the public need and deserve to know which clerics and ex-clerics pose a danger to kids.
We are glad that Italian victims are speaking up. We are disappointed that Como Catholic officials put their reputations before the needs of victims. We hope Pope Francis will punish Bishop Coletti for his deceitful and irresponsible behavior.
(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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