Rome- Francis should extradite Polish archbishop or reverse himself
Statement by SNAP leader Miguel Hurtado of the U.K/Spain
(outside the Vatican today in Rome) +44 7787 638245
One Polish Catholic official is a soon-to-be saint. A second one, however, is a fugitive.
When John Paul II celebrations wind down on Monday, we call on Francis to extradite Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski to Polish law enforcement authorities who want to charge him with sexually assaulting kids in the Dominican Republic.
Three months ago, The Tablet reported that “The Holy See said that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was a citizen of the Vatican, and that Vatican law did not allow for his extradition.”
This is hypocrisy, plain and simple.
Francis' top aides claim that they only handle clergy sex crimes that happen on the soil of the tiny Vatican city/state itself. They said this to a United Nations panel in January. They'll say it again to a similar UN panel next month.
Both can't be true. The Vatican says
--it will deal with clergy sex crimes that happened in the Caribbean, but
--it can only deal with clergy sex crimes that happened in a tiny portion of Rome.
So Francis should either turn over the fugitive archbishop to secular authorities or reverse his silly claim that he can't deal with in charge of the church across the globe.
NOTE – ANOTHER UPCOMING SNAP EVENT IN EUROPE
A few SNAP members from several nations will be in Geneva from April 30 through May 7 for a hearing on May 5 and 6 before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which will consider whether Vatican officials are violating or complying with an international treaty regarding torture.
For details about SNAP in Rome today through Tuesday, please contact:
–-SNAP staff: Barbara Blaine (in Rome), European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell +1 312 399 4747, Rome hotel- +39 06 598591; SNAPblaine@gmail.com, Miguel Hurtado (in Rome) +44 7787 638245, Nicky Davis (in Rome) European cell +39 388 9068750, email@example.com, David Clohessy (in Missouri) +1 314 645 5915 home, +1 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com or Barbara Dorris (in Missouri) +1 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com or the SNAP office in Chicago at +1 312 455 1499, firstname.lastname@example.org or SNAPadmin@snapnetwork.org
For details about the Geneva event, please contact:
--SNAP staff: Barbara Blaine (in Europe), European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, Miguel Hurtado (in Rome) European cell +44 7787 638245, David Clohessy (in Missouri) +1 314 645 5915 home, +1 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com or Barbara Dorris (in Missouri +1 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com or at the SNAP office in Chicago at +1 312 455 1499, email@example.com or SNAPadmin@snapnetwork.org
There are also dozens of local SNAP volunteer leaders on the SNAP website who are local spokespersons for the group: SNAPnetwork.org. Also please check the SNAP website for details, media statements, etc.
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.
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.