MN- Catholic deposition blocked; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 4
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A Minnesota judge blocked the release of a deposition and transcript of an accused predator priest named Fr. Gilbert Allen Tarlton (a.k.a Allen Tarlton or Allen Berry).
We are disappointed by this action. Catholic officials pledge “openness” but continue to practice secrecy. Transparency, not secrecy, protects kids.
For decades, Catholic officials have kept clergy sex abuse and cover up cases hidden. We've seen and felt the devastating results of this self-serving pattern. If kids are to be protected, this secrecy must end.
Our hearts go out to the victims of sexual abuse in Minnesota. We know how difficult and brave it is to come forward and report abuse. We hope no other victims or witnesses will be deterred by this action. And we hope that those courageous individuals who were assaulted by St. Cloud area clerics and are taking legal action will not be discouraged.
In fact, in some cases, rulings like this prod others who were hurt and who are suffering in silence, shame and self-blame to step forward too. We hope that will be the outcome here. And we hope a higher court will reverse this judge's ruling so that more of the truth about this horror can be revealed.
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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