PA - House arrest for convicted Philly Catholic official? SNAP responds
We believe Msgr. Lynn being behind bars is just, and helps end current cover ups and deter future ones, both inside and outside the church.
Before making a decision next week about his fate, we hope the judge does thorough research into the hundreds of predator priests who've crossed or been sent across national boundaries. We hope she bases her ruling on the past behavior - not future promises - of Catholic officials.
We're less concerned about the short term and more concerned about the long term. What we really want is for Lynn to get the maximum sentence and for prosecutors to retry Fr. Brennan and pursue other charges against other complicit staff in the hierarchy. That's the best way, we feel, to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth.
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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