MA--Victims applaud DOC probe into predator priest pix
For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shame on everyone involved in the effort to sell photos of Boston’s most notorious predator priest. We hope the Department of Correction’s investigation will be swift but thorough. And we hope the wrongdoers will be caught and harshly punished.
Shame on these callous, selfish people. Shame on anyone who bids on or buys this kind of material.
Last year, in a similar case, a Toledo man is trying to profit from the brutal slaying of a nun (Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl) by selling paraphernalia related to the convicted murderer, a Toledo priest (Fr. Gerald Robinson) who has also been accused of molesting a child.
(Toledo Catholic officials then rubbed salt in Sr. Pahl’s family’s wounds by burying Fr. Robinson as a priest in good standing. And before that, Vatican officials who refused to promptly defrock a convicted murderer.)
So called “entrepreneurs” seek to make money off of these grisly crimes. Shame on everyone involved.
(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 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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.