Rome- Polish predator archbishop in Rome won't be extradited
For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
A judge on Monday declined to order a Catholic archbishop to be extradited from the Vatican to the Caribbean to face child sex charges.
We're deeply disappointed. And we're worried that the cleric may disappear before prosecutors and police in Italy, Poland and the Dominican Republic can apprehend him.
He's Archbishop Józef Wesolowski (though he was recently defrocked). In September 2013, he was exposed as credibly accused child molester, but only after Vatican officials had quietly whisked him to Rome.
We don't understand this ruling, nor the delays by law enforcement officials in three nations to pursue this dangerous cleric. We hope this ruling will be quickly overturned or that secular authorities in other countries will arrest him.
We hope Vatican officials do all they can to help police and prosecutors pursue Wesolowski and we hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will find the courage to come forward, report to police, and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years 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.
Note to Letter Writers
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