Judges order accused priest’s name released, SNAP responds
Oregon’s 9th US Circuit Court has issued a mixed opinion in a case involving two accused pedophile priests. One of the clerics’ names will be publicly released, the other one’s identity will not be kept secret.
The complete text of the ruling can be found here:
We’re grateful that at least one credibly accused predator priest’s identity is being made known. Kids are safer every time such a disclosure is made.
We’re also glad that more information about the Catholic employees who ignored and concealed heinous child sex crimes will be release.
However, we’re disappointed Fr. D’s name will be kept hidden. It’s dangerous to assume that a credibly accused child predator is somehow automatically less dangerous because he’s retired or older.
We’re not lawyers but we believe that Portland’s Catholic officials still have the ability, and the duty, to disclose Fr. D’s name. Until the church hierarchy honors its pledges of “openness” in clergy sex cases, we urge Oregon Catholics to be especially diligent about child protection.
(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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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