MO - Predator priest is sentenced but nothing changes, SNAP says
For immediate release: Friday October 25, 2013
While today's sentencing ends a legal chapter on one Catholic cleric who committed heinous child sex crimes, it ends nothing about several Catholic clerics who concealed these crimes.
The Kansas City diocese is still headed by a convicted criminal. Every Other person who hid Fr. Ratigan's crimes and misdeeds is still on the church payroll. More lawyers have been brought in. More promises have been made.
But little has changed. Bishop Finn still fights tooth and nail against victims of priests, even those who are proven predators.
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.