MO--Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP
For us, this will be a draining distraction from our child safety work. But for these brave two families, we fear this will be much worse. Jiang’s victims are suffering. The parents of Fr. Jiang’s victims are suffering. All of them will now suffer even more.
Jiang fears being imprisoned. Carlson fears being exposed. If they can shut folks up, their wrongdoing stays hidden. That’s what this is all about – intimidating others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups into staying silent.
Fr. Jiang likely did this with Archbishop Carlson’s OK. If so, that’s just despicable.
Fr. Jiang may have done this without Carlson’s OK. If so, Carlson must denounce this selfish and cruel move.
A few priests have been falsely accused. Jiang isn’t one of them.
Will Cathedral families ignore the Gospel and be cowed? Will they obey Archbishop Carlson or Pope Francis? Will they follow a corrupt official or their own consciences?