PA--Flier handed out 9/20 at Philadelphia Catholic church
Help us to protect kids!
WHO WE ARE
We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
WHY WE’RE HERE
We want to protect kids, deter wrongdoing and expose clerics who commit and conceal clergy sex crimes. And we want you to help us prod Catholic officials do take tangible steps to safeguard others.
Specifically, we want bishops to
-- post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics on church websites.
-- aggressively seek out and help the thousands of victims who are still trapped in silence, shame and self-blame.
We also want Pope Francis to defrock, demote or discipline bishops who continue to protect predators and endanger kids by keeping names of child molesting clerics’ names secret.
And we want you, rank-and-file Catholics, to circulate the names of publicly accused predator priests in your dioceses and ask your loved ones if any of them were hurt by any of these priests.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
--Go to BishopAccountability.org and see the list of abusive clerics in your diocese.
--Ask your friends and relatives “Did any of these priests ever hurt you or your family members?”
--If so, beg them to call the independent professionals in law enforcement and get therapeutic help.
--Tell your bishop to “come clean” and put names, photos and whereabouts of predator priests on parish and diocesan websites, so that kids will be safer and victims will feel validated.
REMEMBER - It takes only a few seconds for a predator to shove his tongue in a girl’s mouth or his hand down a boy’s pants, potentially causing a lifetime of serious harm to an innocent child. Help prevent this! Warn others about dangerous and potentially dangerous priests, nuns and church workers.
And remember: most child molesting clerics now live among unsuspecting families and neighbors who are unaware of the crimes they’ve committed. Please help them learn of the danger among them.
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.