PA - Scranton priest arrested; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
After arranging the meeting on Craig’s List, a Scranton priest was arrested last night with a teenager in his car.
Starting this Sunday, Scranton’s bishop should go to each parish where Fr. Reverend William Jeffery Paulish worked, begging anyone who may have any information on suspicions about this situation to call police or prosecutors.
That’s what a truly caring shepherd would do.
We predict, however, that every single Scranton Catholic employee will stay silent and do nothing. The bishop’s public relations team will
So we urge every current or former Scranton area Catholic church employee or member to search his or her conscience, find some courage, and spread the word about these allegations against Fr. Paulish. We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Paulish or cover ups by Scranton church officials to call law enforcement immediately. That kind of prompt, compassionate action is what protects kids.
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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