RI--Abuse allegations vs. 95 year old priest are “credible;” Victims respond
For immediate release: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Rhode Island Catholic officials now admit that child sex abuse reports against a priest are “credible.” Bishop Thomas Tobin should honor his pledge to be “open” about clergy sex crimes.
--have held a news conference about this, instead of essentially hiding it in a small announcement on a church website,
--use clear language like “child sex abuse” or “rape” instead of vague, minimizing language like “misconduct,”
--disclose how long he and his staff sat on this accusation before disclosing it, and
--personally visit each parish where this predator worked begging others in pain to speak up.
We hope every person who has suspicions or knowledge about crimes by Fr. B. Samuel Turillo or cover ups by his colleagues or supervisors will step forward. We strongly suspect he has assaulted others, some of whom are likely still trapped in silence, shame and self-blame. It’s Tobin’s duty to try to find and help them.
No matter what lawmakers or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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)
Statement of the Diocese of Providence
June 30, 2016
The Diocese of Providence today announced that in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the law of the Church and diocesan policy, the Reverend B. Samuel Turillo, a senior priest of the Diocese, is now prohibited from exercising the sacred ministry after the Diocese received a credible accusation regarding alleged sexual misconduct involving a minor that took place approximately 60 years ago.
Father Turillo’s faculties or permission to serve as a priest have . . .
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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