IL- More Joliet predator priests sued; SNAP responds
We applaud these brave men for helping to shine light on the on-going Catholic abuse and cover-up crisis.
Suits like this are critical to help prod Joliet Bishop Conlon towards reform. He has severely mishandled a number of cases. He refuses to move or adequately monitor a serial child molesting cleric, Fr. Howlin, who continues to live and work among largely unsuspecting and vulnerable Kentucky families.
We hope every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes in Joliet comes forward. Staying silent helps no one. Speaking up helps to both expose and deter wrongdoing. It also protects kids and brings about healing.
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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
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.