MA--700 Sundays in a row, Boston clergy abuse vigil happens
Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday marks the 700th consecutive vigil held outside the Cathedral in Boston by an amazing group of caring individuals.
That’s no typo. They’ve been out there for 700 Sundays in a row.
Led by members of Speak Truth to Power, these brave, and compassionate souls have endured taunts and insults and tons of cold-shoulders from Catholic clerics, employees and church members. Why? Because their peaceful presence reminds people of the horror inflicted on thousands of children by clerics who committed and concealed heinous crimes.
These folks are heroes.
Who are these incredible activists? Among others, they are Paul Kellen ( 781-385-3628 email@example.com), Kathy Dwyer, Ruth Moore, Ken Scott, Bob Sidorowicz, Rosemary Morgan, RIchard Orareo, Eileen Doherty, Stan Doherty, Steve Sheehan, Sheldon Daley, Robert Costello, Lillian Albert, Steve Burke and Ben Murphy.
On behalf of survivors, we in SNAP salute them for their incredible witness for kids, for victims, for deterrence, for prevention and for truth.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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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