NC priest admits abusing; SNAP responds
Fr. Kelleher’s admission of guilt brings some comfort to his victims. It also shows, however, the continuing callousness, recklessness and secrecy of North Carolina Catholic officials.
For years, top church staff have pledged to be “open and transparent” in child sex cases. It’s likely they’ve known for weeks or months about Fr. Kelleher’s admission. But they’ve done what Catholic officials have done for decades in child sex cases – kept quiet.
We hope North Carolina Catholics will challenge their bishop over his self-serving secrecy.
And we hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered abuse by Fr. Kelleher – or any cleric – will speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.
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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