POLAND/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC- Polish official visits Dominican Republic to discuss alleged sex crimes by Archbishop Józef Wesołowski
For immediate release: Friday, May 29, 2015
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
We are grateful that a Polish official has gone to the Dominican Republic to discuss alleged child sex crimes by Polish Catholic clerics. We hope the trip results in secular criminal charges against one cleric and more charges against the other.
We especially hope defrocked Archbishop Józef Wesołowski is sent to Poland from Rome and is put on trial. Catholic officials in Rome claim they’ll hold some sort of proceeding there about Wesolowski. But we’re very skeptical. It’s unjust and unwise to let any institution deal internally with serious child sex crimes, especially an institution like the Catholic hierarchy with a long, dreadful, well-documented and on-going track record of ignoring and concealing heinous sexual violence against children.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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)
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.
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