Vatican--Pope removes German cardinal as sex abuse crisis catches up, Victims respond
For immediate release, July 2, 2017
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Volunteer Western Regional Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The removal of Cardinal Mueller comes on the heels of Pope Francis' May statement that the Vatican has a backlog of 2000 child sex abuse cases. That is inexcusable.
Now that another powerful Vatican official, Cardinal Pell, has been charged with sex abuse in his native Australia, we think that Mueller’s ouster is too little, too late for the 2000 victims who have been languishing for answers. And if that means that there may be up to 2000 priests who have been accused of sexual abuse, have not seen due process, have not been removed from ministry, and who still have access to children, that could be a public safety crisis of epic proportions.
We hope that Cardinal Mueller’s replacement, Monsignor Luis Ladaria Ferrer, takes his job seriously and understands the wide-ranging ramifications of his office. We hope he acts swiftly to protect children, not the church.
We encourage his office to cooperate with civil authorities, not engage in secret cover-ups.
And finally: the only way to end the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is for the Vatican, through the Office for the Doctrine of the Faith, to make public all of their secret files about the sex abuse and cover-up. We suggest Monsignor Luis Ladaria Ferrer make that job number one.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175, email@example.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@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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