NJ- Priest steps down after revelations of sexual abuse
For immediate release: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (314-566-9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A New Jersey Catholic priest has stepped down while officials investigate allegations of sexual abuse. He should have been suspended. And Newark church officials should disclose exactly when the abuse report was made and where the priest is now.
Monsignor George Trabold had been working at St. Rose of Lima church in Short Hills prior to him stepping down. The allegations stem from his time at St. John the Evangelist church.
We urge Newark Archbishop John Myers to immediately reach out to parishioners using his parish bulletins, church websites, and pulpit announcements, asking anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered harm by Trabold to come forward, report to police, and start healing.
(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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