KY- SNAP leader says Louisville minister is lying
For immediate release: Thursday, May 22
Louisville's Rev. C.J. Mahaney is lying. He says he “cannot” speak during a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. He knows that's simply not true. He can speak, but he's choosing not to.
Lawyers often advise clients to not talk publicly during litigation. But no one can deny another person his First Amendment rights. So again, Mahaney can talk about the serious and credible allegations that Sovereign Grace officials ignored and concealed heinous sex crimes against kids. He's simply choosing to do what's the safest and most convenient and comfortable for him – which is to remain silent.
That's his choice. But he shouldn't try to fool people. He shouldn't deny that his self-serving silence is his doing, no one else's.
And if he's lying about this – about his ability to speak – we can't help but wonder what else he may be lying about.
(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 18,000 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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