Rome--Victims urge pope to suspend Pell
For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 19
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, California, SNAP western regional director (949 322 7434, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Over a year, more than a dozen cops and say they’ve found five or ten alleged victims of Pope Francis’ top aide. That’s pretty credible and serious. For the safety of kids, the pontiff should suspend Cardinal George Pell.
Our hearts ache for every Australian girl and boy who were hurt first by child molesting clerics and again by callous church officials. We also ache for millions of betrayed Australian Catholics. But we ache most of all for those who were assaulted as youngsters and were brave as adults reporting their pain to Pell and his underlings, only to be rebuffed, disbelieved and mistreated again.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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
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.