MN--New Ulm bishop refuses to disclose abusive clergy
For immediate release: Tuesday, January 20
Why is New Ulm the only Minnesota diocese still refusing to disclose names of predator priests? Because for six key years (2001-2007), when the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis exploded into an international scandal, John Nienstedt headed that diocese.
We believe that current New Ulm officials - including Bishop John M. LeVoir - are protecting themselves and their reputations AND the reputation and career of the embattled Nienstedt.
So we hope that this continuing reckless and hurtful secrecy will backfire. We hope the recalcitrance of New Ulm Catholic officials will prod even more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers in that diocese to speak up, regardless of what courts do or don't do to force disclosures by these irresponsible "shepherds."
(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 18,000 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 (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org) Verne Wagner (218-340-1277, 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.
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