PA- Archdiocese of Philly announces new review board, SNAP responds
It's the structure, not the membership, of this board that's the problem. As long as the archbishop picks every single member and as long as the board depends almost strictly on church officials for information, it will lack effectiveness, objectivity and credibility.
It continues to be a 'garbage in, garbage out' system in which a corrupt hierarchy cynically exploits well-meaning Catholics who naively lend their reputations to an inherently flawed structure.
There's one good way to deal with child sex abuse reports - through the time tested, open American justice system, both criminal and civil. And there's one good way to deal with older child sex abuse reports - through reforming the statute of limitations so that these cases are dealt with by impartial secular professionals, not biased religious amateurs.
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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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