MN--Archdiocese back in court
For immediate release: Friday, December 18
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790, email@example.com)
There's just one way to see if this new agreement between St. Paul's prosecutor and Catholic officials is good: time. It will be years or months before we can tell if this deal is workable and worthwhile.
It's premature to judge this deal now. It's crucial that Choi enforces it rigorously.
Years ago, the New Hampshire attorney general made a strong-sounding deal with Catholic officials there. But before the ink was dry, the church hierarchy was dissembling and backpedaling. Despite solid work by prosecutors, the results were somewhat disappointing because sharp lawyering and determined undermining by bishops succeeded in weakening outside oversight. We hope that doesn't happen here.
(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), Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP director Southern Minnesota (952-334-5180, email@example.com), Verne Wagner of Duluth, SNAP director Northern Minnesota (218-340-1277, 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.
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.