MN- Archdiocese allowed more time to file abuse records, victims respond
For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Twin Cities archdiocese has been granted more time to produce thousands of pages of sexual abuse records. We are disappointed that the archdiocese has been allowed to delay.
This type of behavior has been pointed out and highlighted by victim organizations for years now, and we predicted that the Twin Cities would behave no differently and they aren’t.
The need for more disclosure by church figures has been clear for years. Many rightly believe that church officials have not, and are not, being held accountable for irresponsible deeds and crimes that other officials in other organizations would be.
For decades, our justice system has erred on the side of protecting church officials in these cases, sometimes treading lightly for fear of alienating a large institution. The results have been – and continue to be – disastrous.
The archdiocese spends an enormous amount of funds on lawyers who continue to file delays of all sorts, knowing as all attorneys do, that the longer you can string things out, the more likely that the atmosphere, and or decisions that follow, will be more favorable to your case.
We commend the court for still requiring the archdiocese to turn over documents, but ask the people to be aware of this situation as it develops, and to see what action the Archdiocese will take to once again not really open the door and let the light in.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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 (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata (952-471-3422, email@example.com), Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180,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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