MN--Predator priest returned to MN
For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Statement by Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP Director (218-340-1277, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Now that Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul is back in Minnesota to face criminal charges, much remains to be done.
Each person who has even a tiny bit of information or suspicion about him must “fish or cut bait.” They must become mature, responsible adults, get over their fears, open their mouths and contact law enforcement, so that justice can be done and so that children can be protected.
First, each man, woman or teen who worked at or attended Blessed Sacrament parish in Greenbush and St. Bernard’s parish in Thief River Falls must speak up. Those are two of the parishes where Fr. Jeyapaul worked.
Next, each Crookston diocesan employee – current or former – must speak up. At least a few of them very likely heard rumors or got reports of Fr. Jeyapaul’s wrongdoing. And they’re now telling themselves “The justice system is working. No need for me to stick my neck out now.”
Finally, anyone who was hurt by Fr. Jeyapaul must find the strength to speak up. If kids are to be safe, we must dig deep, find courage, go beyond our “comfort zones” and lend a hand to police and prosecutors so that this dangerous man can be convicted and imprisoned.
(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)
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.
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.