PA -Victims to leaflet Philadelphia cathedral
Victims to hand fliers out to church-goers
It urges those who “saw, suspected or suffered” crimes to speak up
They beg prosecutor to appeal
To Archbishop Chaput “stop stonewalling prosecutors”
As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will hand out fliers urging them to
--ask their loved ones if they were hurt by Philadelphia Catholic clerics, and
--contact prosecutors urging them to appeal Lynn’s conviction being overturned.
They will also
--urge Philly Catholic officials to keep Msgr. Lynn from public ministry and any position of power
--beg every person who saw, suspected and suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Philadelphia Archdiocese (especially current and ex-Catholic employees) to come forward, call police, protect others and start healing
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.
Outside the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in Philly
Three –four members of a support group for victims of clergy abuse called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
On Thursday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Monsignor William Lynn’s conviction for child endangerment. This ruling gives corrupt Catholic officials encouragement to continue deceiving police, stonewalling prosecutors, ignoring victims, destroying evidence, fabricating alibis, hiding crimes, and protecting pedophiles.
The group believes that literally thousands of U.S. Catholic officials have done precisely what Msgr. Lynn did and were never even charged or exposed, much less convicted. They believe that hundreds or thousands of chancery officials across the globe are doing – right now - exactly what Msgr. Lynn did for years.
They are asking people to contact Prosecutor Seth Williams and beg him to appeal this ruling. They believe this will help protect children now and in the future by sending a strong message that those who are complicit in these horrific crimes against children will be criminally charged and convicted.
“If kids are to be safer, we need to hold employers more responsible, not less responsible, for putting innocent children in harm’s way“ said David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director.
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.