PA- Victims blast Chaput for “reckless” move
For immediate release: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Another alleged predator priest – accused of both molesting kids and ignoring the molestation of a kid – is being put back on the job with no no explanation whatsoever.
Msgr. Joseph Logrip faced allegations, according to the archdiocese, of sexually violating “minors.” Notice the plural. Few bishops in recent years have put priests facing multiple allegations back into parishes.
He also faced allegations, according to the Philly Inquirer, of knowing of an “attack” on a child by a priest but doing “nothing.”
So despite allegations of wrongdoing that first surfaced publicly in 2005 and 2011, Archbishop Charles Chaput is recklessly putting Msgr. Logrip back around children. Regarding the “enabling” abuse charge, Chaput says nothing. Regarding the abuse charges, Chaput says virtually nothing (except one word: “unsubstantiated).
Catholics, citizens and children deserve better. Whatever became of Chaput's repeated pledges to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex cases? Where's a real explanation of what Msgr. Logrip did and didn't do?
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes in Philly – by Logrip or other clerics – will step forward, find help, call police, protect kids, expose wrongdoers and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267-992-9463, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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