Rome- Pope appoints Legion of Christ adviser, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The pope continues to distance himself from the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ. And he's appointing a new adviser to the troubled order. We applaud this course of action.
It's smart public relations for Francis to stay away from the Legion. We share his apparent view that much reform is still needed in the Legion.
In any institution, reform must be preceded by exposing and sacking those who committed or concealed child sex crimes. The Legion hasn't done this.
When it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups, the Legion continues to be perhaps the single most secretive Catholic group in the world. When they post on their websites the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every current and former Legion who hurt kids - directly by assault or indirectly by complicity - then they may have the right to claim they've begun to attack their corruption.
(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.
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