KC bishop tries to gut MO child protection law; SNAP responds
Just once, we'd love to see an accused Catholic official defend himself on the merits, not on technicalities.
If Bishop Finn succeeds in his latest legal maneuver, Missouri will be a more dangerous place for kids. If he guts the state law requiring many adults to report suspected child sex crimes, that will no doubt lead to more child sex crimes and more child molesters going undetected.
No one denies the crux of this case: Finn and his top aides refused to tell police about child sex crimes for at least five months. That's the plain and simple truth. So it's hard to imagine a judge dismissing such obvious and self-serving wrongdoing that led to more kids being exploited and hurt. We hope common sense, not Bishop Finn, prevails.
Read the story here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/15/3432229/kc-bishops-legal-team-fights-to.html
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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