Rome- Papal abuse committee meets for first time
For immediate release: Saturday May 3, 2014
Statement by: Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
In a church with thousands of rules, no new rules are needed to fire officials who enable child sex crimes. Every single catholic prelate on earth has plenty of power, right now, to demote, discipline, denounce, and defrock, clerics who conceal crimes.
With sexual violence and cover ups, catholic officials are obsessively fixed on policies and protocols. But they absolutely ignore the one step that matters: Actions.
We will believe in the discipline of bad bishops when we see it actually happen.
Contact, SNAP in Geneva and USA
–SNAP staff: Barbara Blaine (in Europe), European cell +39 366 1160224, U.S. cell +1 312 399 4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com, Miguel Hurtado 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
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.