Predator priest's trial delayed; SNAP responds
We understand that the judge insisted on seeing medical records, instead of just taking Fr. Schook’s word for his medical condition. And we’re grateful that the judge remains open to the possibility of a trial. The justice system is far from perfect but it’s the best way to expose not only clergy sex crimes but also callous cover ups by church officials.
We hope the delay isn’t too traumatic for those who have been hurt by Schook’s crimes and misdeeds.
No one wishes cancer on anyone, not even on child molesters. No matter what happens to Fr. Schook, we hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered his wrong doing will find the strength to step forward, call police, get help, expose misdeeds, protect others and start healing.
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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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