NJ--Victims urge bishop to announced predator’s death
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
New Jersey predator priest has passed away. We hope his death of brings some comfort to the courageous victims who came forward and reported his horrific crimes.
He is Fr. John M. Banko. His brave victims overcame their own pain to work with police and prosecutors to have him arrested and convicted. Because of their courage and their wisdom to work with secular authorities rather than church officials other children were spared abuse.
We hope Metuchen Catholic officials will announce his death in the diocesan newspaper, on the diocesan website and in all church bulletins, noting his crimes and conviction. We fear other Fr. Banko victims are still suffering in secrecy and shame and will find some small comfort knowing he cannot hurt anyone else.
(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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com) Mark Crawford, SNAP New Jersey Director, 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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