RI-- Victims blast RI Catholic settlement & secrecy
For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 3
We’re sad that a lawsuit against a discredited and credibly-accused corrupt Catholic group has settled out of court, especially because once again these selfish and manipulative church officials have been able to pay off accusers and hide their wrongdoing.
The Legion of Christ has been and remains an incredibly wealthy, secretive, unhealthy and cult-like organization. Its officials and members have sexually and financially preyed on the vulnerable. Its lawyers have successfully kept these crimes and misdeeds concealed.
We suspect that this secret settlement has brought some measure of justice and closure to the family of James Boa-Teh Chu. But it has also once again enabled Legion officials from having to face tough questions under oath in open court about their self-serving and immoral practices.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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.
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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