MO - New Philly priest verdict should worry KC bishop, SNAP says
The historic guilty verdict today against a top Philadelphia Catholic official should embolden KC prosecutors and give KC Bishop Finn serious pause.
Finn faces essentially the same charge that his Philly colleague did – endangering kids by concealing crimes.
For the first time in history, a high ranking US Catholic official was held responsible - for knowingly, repeatedly and selfishly - putting kids in harm’s way. He was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.
We hope this landmark verdict will prompt current and former Catholic officials – in Philly, in KC and across the country – to “come clean” with what they know about child molesting clerics. We also hope it will give hope to victims and encourage them to call police and prosecutors, so that other child molesters and corrupt officials can be exposed, removed, charged, convicted and jailed, so kids will be safer.
(The lead defendant in the Philly case was Msgr. William Lynn.)
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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