NJ- Pastor disciplined for letting predator in parish, victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A New Jersey bishop suspended a pastor for allegedly allowing a predator priest to attend a parish event. This is a small belated step forward.
We are glad Patterson’s Bishop Arthur Serratelli is taking action to not only hold predators accountable, but those who enable them. It was reckless of Mgsr. Christopher C. DiLella to allow John Capparelli (a former Newark priest) to attend a festival with unsuspecting families.
We hope other would be enablers take this as a warning and take child sexual abuse allegations seriously.
We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered crimes by Capparelli or any other to call secular officials.
(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 15,000 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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