For immediate release, May 18, 2018
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP "Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests", 636-433-2511,SNAPjudy@gmail.com
Pope Francis has responded to the brave clergy abuse victims of Chile. His harsh words to the Chilean Bishops are resonating loudly with other clergy abuse victims throughout the world.
This behavior by bishops is not only a happening in Chile. The Catholic church hierarchy in all the dioceses throughout the world follow the same ego centered and callous behavior of enabling and covering up sex crimes against children. We are not aware of one single bishop who has lost his title, lost his job or been publicly denounced for protecting and shielding predators. Even Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City who was criminally convicted of child endangerment did not lose his job.
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 8th
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, hm: 636-433-2511, cell: 314-974-5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
Thanks to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for taking action to expose the truth and protect kids today.
Priest accused of abusing 2 boys, making 1 confess afterward
The survivors of the SNAP network are thankful for the PA Grand Jury investigation of the Erie Diocese.
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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