For immediate release, Sept. 10, 2018
Statement by Tim Lennon, President of SNAP, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820
Archbishop Kurtz expressed concern and interest in change in response to today's activism by two-dozen Catholic sex abuse victims and other advocates.
We question why he didn't act to address sexual abuse in his archdiocese prior to this? We wonder why he needs to wait until next month to respond to demands for justice? Couldn't he simply list publicly all those who have been accused of abuse in his archdiocese?
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Volunteer Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
We have just now learned that another priest has been removed from the Erie Diocese while allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated.
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.
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.