KY - Predator priest can stand trial; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are relieved and grateful that Fr. Shook will be brought to justice. For far too long in far too many cases, Catholic officials who commit and conceal child sex crimes succeed in “running out the clock” and escaping responsibility for their reckless, callous and deceitful crimes.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Shook’s crimes – or his church supervisors’ cover ups – will come forward, get help, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing. It’s the duty of every adult – especially current and former Catholic Church members and staff – to help ensure that the truth about Fr. Shook’s crimes surfaces.
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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