MO - Pulitzer winning author in St. Louis
A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author will be in St. Louis next week to discuss his new book that explores the clergy sex abuse and cover-up crisis.
Author Michael D'Antonio will be at Left Bank Books in downtown St. Louis where he will talk about his new book "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crimes and the Era of Catholic Scandal". D’Antonio has also written biographies of famous chocolatier Milton Hershey and ex-boxer and self-taught PGA golfer Esteban Toledo.
Publisher’s Weekly has called the book “the definitive history of the Catholic Church’s most severe crisis since the reformation.” (http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-312-59489-3)
“If like me you’ve followed this story only glancingly and intermittently over the years, reading Mortal Sins – that is, discovering the full scale and scope and nature of the crimes and cover-ups – will be shocking. Its power is all the greater because Michael D’Antonio is such a scrupulous, lucid chronicler. This is clearly the definitive work on one of the most consequential and appalling stories of our time” said Kurt Andersen, bestselling author of True Believer and Hey Day, and host of Public Radio’s Studio 360 (http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Sins-Crime-Catholic-Scandal/dp/product-description/0312594895/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books)
The event will benefit SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and will be held Thursday, April 18th at 6:30. For details, contact SNAP Outreach Director Barbara Dorris at SNAPdorris@gmail.com or 314-862-7688. Left Bank Bookstore can be contacted at 314-367-6731 or by email at email@example.com.
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
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