MO - Catholic bishop appeals to MO Supreme Court
No names of pedophile priests will be turned over today
For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
After months of delay and adverse rulings from two courts, lawyers for St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Robert Carlson have filed an emergency writ with the Missouri Supreme Court seeking to block the disclosure of the names of 115 archdiocesan employees who have been accused of sexually assaulting children.
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is deploring Carlson’s move.
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are urging “anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in St. Louis to step forward now, regardless of what the courts do or don’t do.”
“Even if the state’s highest court sides with the young victim and against Carlson, these names will be kept under seal, so it’s likely that the disclosure won’t protect any kids, at least not in the short term,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “Any adult with any compassion whatsoever will do what he or she can to stop the abuse of kids, instead of waiting for other victims, witnesses, whistleblowers or secular officials to act.”
“This case – Jane Doe v. Fr. Joseph D. Ross and the St. Louis archdiocese – is set for trial next month,” said Judy Jones of SNAP. “Carlson is giving this brave young woman and her attorney little time to really prepare their case. And he’s trying to intimidate other victims in to keeping silent by showing them ‘If you seek justice against us, we’ll fight tooth and nail.’“
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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