PA - Philly archbishop seeks national post
Clergy sex abuse victims urge him to withdraw
They want him instead to focus on protecting local kids
Group also urges Chaput to “stop importing predators”
They are still being housed at a church facility in Downingtown
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will urge Philly’s top Catholic official to
--drop out of the race for presidency of the US’ bishops organization, and
--stop letting out-of-state predator priests move to Downingtown.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Outside the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese headquarters (chancery office), 222 N. 17th in Philadelphia. PA
Yesterday, candidates for the presidency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops were announced. The head of the Philadelphia archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Chaput, is one of ten prelates in the running. The election will be held next month in Baltimore. http://www.usccb.org/news/2013/13-186.cfm
SNAP opposes this move and is asking Chaput to withdraw his name. The group feels his promotion would “rub even more salt into the already deep and still-fresh wounds of Philly Catholics and abuse victims.” SNAP also thinks Chaput should focus his efforts on “protecting Philly kids, not on burnishing his clerical career.”
SNAP also wants Chaput to stop “importing” of predator priests from elsewhere into the Philly archdiocese. Church officials house them at St. John Vianney Center in Downingtown. (The group will reveal a list of three such out-of-state priests who have been or are at Vianney Center.)
According to BishopAccountability.org, there are 133 publicly accused Philly area child molesting Catholic clerics. Given this fact, SNAP believes that it’s risky for Chaput to let other bishops send their predator priests here. It would be better, SNAP says, if these sex offenders were put in remote, secure, independently run facilities staffed by professionals, not clerics.
Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com,
Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.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.
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.