MN--Archbishop Neinstedt resigns
For immediate release Monday, June 15
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Though he has resigned, we still believe Neinstedt should be punished for enabling a predator to hurt kids.
We hope these Vatican panels will quickly take up the Neinstedt case so that cover-ups will be deterred and kids will be safer.
Please see additional SNAP statement released today regarding the new Tribunal for Bishop Negligence:
(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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399- 4747, email@example.com) ), Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP director (218-340-1277, firstname.lastname@example.org), Frank Meuers, Twin Cities SNAP director (952-334-5180, 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.
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.