MN- Someone's guilty of perjury
For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Ramsey County D.A. John Choi has spoken several times about how Minnesota laws prevent him from doing more about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese.
We find his claims hard to swallow. But here's something he CAN do: He can - and should - investigate three high-ranking current or former Twin Cities Catholic officials for perjury.
Under oath these four have many, and often radically, different recollections of how clergy sex abuse and cover up cases have been handled in recent years.
By far the most credible, of course, is former chancellor Jennifer Haselberger who, in a compelling new 107 page affidavit, disagrees strongly with the sworn testimony of a church lawyer Andrew Eisenzimmer and Archbishop John Nienstedt and former second-in-command Fr. Kevin McDonough.
One or more of them is lying.
And these were recent sworn statements or depositions, so there should be no statute of limitations barriers. All of these individuals are healthy, so there should be no claims of dementia or Alzheimer's.
(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 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)
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.