Notorious ex-CA pedophile priest jailed; SNAP responds
One of the most notorious serial child molesting Catholic clerics in California history has apparently been jailed in Ireland for child porn.
Oliver O'Grady sexually assaulted boys and girls in and around Stockton for years. High ranking Catholic officials, including then-Bishop Roger Mahony (who went on to head the nation's largest archdiocese for years), knew of or suspected his heinous crimes. For years, they ignored or concealed those crimes. And who knows how many innocent lives were devastated as a result.
We applaud law enforcement for catching and prosecuting O'Grady. He clearly remains a danger to kids. We hope he's put behind bars for the rest of his life. And we hope that every single Catholic employee - current or former, high ranking or low level, in the US, Ireland or the Netherlands - who kept silent about O'Grady's crimes will find the courage to "come clean," admit wrongdoing, apologize to his victims, and share what they know with police and prosecutors.
Finally, we want to acknowledge and thank O'Grady's US victims who were brave and strong enough to expose him - in both criminal and civil courts - and warn others about him. Their courage, ultimately, has led to O'Grady's being imprisoned again. They should feel very proud that their sacrifices are, even now, still protecting vulnerable children.
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.
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.