Peoria Priest Removed for the Second Time, SNAP Responds
For the second time, a Peoria priest has been suspended from ministry. And despite repeated promises to be “transparent,” his bishop is being unclear about the reason for this action.
According to one news account, Fr. Jeffrey Windy’s March removal comes 15 years after his 2002 arrest for manufacturing and selling gamma-hydroxybutyrate. Also known as GHB, this drug is notorious for its use in cases of date rape, and Windy served time in federal prison for his role in its manufacture. Following his release from prison, Fr. Windy began working again in Catholic parishes in 2013 and has also spent time in Bloomington.
We call on Bishop Daniel Jenky to be more forthcoming about why Fr. Windy has been removed again and about why he let Fr. Windy go back to work after he served his prison sentence. And we urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered any possible wrongdoing by Fr. Windy – whether in Peoria or elsewhere – to call law enforcement or support groups for help and healing.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.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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