MO- Vatican investigates Kansas City bishop, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, September 29, 2014
What is to investigate? Years ago, Finn was found guilty of breaking the law and knowingly and repeatedly hiding evidence of child sex crimes from police. Because of his selfish and callous crime, more innocent little girls and their families were hurt by then Fr. Shawn Rattigan. Both Francis and Benedict should have ousted and defrocked Finn long ago. Doesn’t common sense and human decency strongly suggest that Finn has no place in ministry?
Secular investigations trump church “investigations” If Francis wants to investigate complicit church officials, there are plenty who merit it. He need not start with one whose guilt has been clearly proven. Francis is doing with Finn what Benedict did with Maciel. It is not enough to grudgingly and belatedly take timid steps against a wrong doer only after his crimes have created an ongoing international controversy. The Pope must be proactive and stern, not reactive and trepid. He must harshly and publicly discipline a number of corrupt, “enabling” church officials if he really intends to protect kids and deter cover-ups.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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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