OH- Priest convicted of murder dies
Statement by SNAP leader Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo (419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com)
For immediate release: Sunday, July 6, 2014
We hope Fr. Robinson's passing brings some comfort to those he hurt and their loved ones and we hope now that others who he hurt will feel more comfortable coming forward and getting help.
It's tragic for virtually everyone involved that the Catholic hierarchy in callously let a convicted murder go to his grave as a priest in good standing.
We also hope that those who suspected or saw his crimes and misdeeds will also step forward now, share what they know or saw, because Catholics and citizens deserve to know the full truth about the devastation he has caused.
(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 18,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Claudia Vercellotti (419 345 9291, SNAPToledo@aol.com )
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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