MO - Archbishop Wins MO Supreme Court Delay
No names of pedophile priests will be turned over today
For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, 3:15 p.m.
St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Robert Carlson has won a delay from the Missouri Supreme Court so that he will not have to turn over the names of 115 archdiocesan employees who have been accused of sexually assaulting children.
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is disappointed in the one sentence decision (available on CaseNet).
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says the state’s highest court is being inconsistent.
“When Carlson sought 20 years of our records, the Supreme Court didn’t stop that process,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “We weren’t even a party to that litigation and no one’s ever accused us of having or hiding 115 accused predators. We hope the Court will soon see that both the judge and the appellate court were right in saying that an archbishop must obey the rules like any other defendant.”
The case – Jane Doe v. Fr. Joseph D. Ross and the St. Louis archdiocese is set for trial next month.
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.