NJ--Third new troubling Newark priest case
For immediate release: Saturday, Oct. 3
A priest points a gun at an eight year old. Another priest is being investigated for taking $250,000 in money and expensive gifts from elderly parishioners. A third priest admits abusing a child. Two other church officials, he says, told him to flee the US when the boy reported the crimes.
All of this happens or comes to light in just over a month. Decades of corruption is catching up to the Newark Archdiocese.
And this is an archdiocese with TWO archbishops, Bernard Hebda and John Myers, where presumably there should more and better supervision of priests.
It’s not just priests breaking laws and acting unethically. It’s Hebda and Myers behaving irresponsibly too.
In the latest incident – Fr. Kevin Carter aiming a gun at a boy and threatening to shoot him – Hebda and Myers waited three days to call the police.
In the money scandal – Fr. Alex Orozco manipulating and lying to elderly women to enrich himself – Hebda and Myers refuse to even suspend him.
In the admitted predator case – Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza – Hebda and Myers refuse to even investigate, much less discipline, the two clerics who reportedly told the child molester to run from law enforcement.
We hope Newark Catholics vote with their wallets and stop donating to an institution that endangers the vulnerable and start donating to agencies that protect the vulnerable.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Mark Crawford (732-632-7687, firstname.lastname@example.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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