MN archbishop is accused; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
The Twin Cities archbishop is now accused of abuse.
Archbishop Nienstedt is right to step aside. We hope police and prosecutors investigate this thoroughly and promptly. We also hope that anyone else who might be able to shed light on this allegation will quickly step forward, contacting secular authorities, not church authorities.
Twin Cities Catholic officials should do in this case what we’ve urged in virtually every other case of accused clerics: They should beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by Nienstedt to call police.
We hope this mandated reporter is disciplined. He or she should have called police directly. It is disturbing that even now, two decades after Twin Cities Catholic officials pledged to "reform" their handling of clergy sex cases, a Catholic staffer apparently still reports suspected abuse first to archdiocesan officials instead of law enforcement officials.
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Bob Schwiderski, SNAP Minnesota director (952 471 3422,firstname.lastname@example.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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