Rome- Vatican disciplines dissident priest: SNAP responds
A tiny handful of priests are "dissidents." But the Vatican seems to discipline them often and harshly.
Tens of thousands of Catholic officials however, - bishops, priests, nuns, seminarians and brothers - have concealed or are concealing child sex crimes. But the Vatican rarely disciplines them.
In 24 years, we've never heard of a single church official - whether child molesting cleric or corrupt colleague - be excommunicated for committing or concealing heinous child sex crimes.
Yet more than two years ago, Pope Benedict promised he would "do everything possible" to address the crisis.
His words ring hollow. He has yet to take any significant, effective steps to better safeguard kids anywhere on the planet.
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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.