PA- Philly priest had abuse settlement in the past; SNAP responds
Shame on the Franciscans. They recruit, educate, ordain, hire, train, and transfer clerics, making them swear allegiance to the order for life. Then, when one of them molests, Catholic officials pretend to be powerless to stop him from working elsewhere. And in this case, Franciscans apparently lied to an abuse victim by claiming they’d keep this predator away from kids.
Now they claim, again, that Ledoux will be kept away from children. But if they broke their pledge once, why wouldn't they break it again?
How did the Franciscans react when a credible abuse allegation against Ledoux surfaced in Philly? By doing what Catholic officials have done for decades – quietly moving the offender to another church facility and telling no one.
And shame on Widener for doing poor background checks and being secretive about Ledoux’s exit from the school. Their irresponsible actions put kids at risk. And their claim that he never had unsupervised contact with kids is laughable. He was a trusted, high ranking school administrator. No one was ‘supervising’ him when he was around kids.
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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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