MN--Archbishop breaking church policy on accused priest
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 19
Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Another Twin Cities priest is accused of abuse and again, Catholic officials aren’t honoring their pledges.
Credibly accused child molesting clerics are to be suspended. But Archbishop John Nienstedt is letting Fr. Gerald Dvorak take a leave of absence.
The church’s national abuse policy says nothing about voluntary leaves by alleged predators.
Nienstedt is also circulating a statement from Fr. Dvorak.
The church’s national abuse policy makes says nothing about bishops to circulate statements to the public by alleged predators.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP director (218-340-1277, email@example.com)
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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