NM - Victims blast selfish church moves in abuse cases
For immediate release: Monday, January 6, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
New Mexico Catholic officials are taking steps to protect their wealth from clergy sex abuse victims who are seeking justice by restructuring their diocese and parishes.
This is a disgusting, self-serving legal maneuver that goes against everything that Pope Francis has said over the past year. New Mexico Catholics officials should be ashamed of themselves. And New Mexico Catholics should donate elsewhere until the church hierarchy reverses this callous move.
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.