PA - Chaput again helps proven wrongdoer, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, January 6, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
First, Archbishop Charles Chaput paid for Msgr. William Lynn's lawyer. Then he bailed out Lynn. Now, he's giving Lynn housing.
How many kids must a cleric endanger before Catholic officials stop supporting him? Chaput should be defrocking, not helping, Msgr. Lynn.
Chaput's signal to his staff is crystal clear: "If you're caught jeopardizing kids, don't sweat it. The Philly Catholic hierarchy will virtually always pay you, help you and house you."
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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