SNAP responds to new Catholic cardinals
For immediate release: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are grateful that Pope Francis named none of the eligible U.S. archbishops (Chaput of Philadelphia, Vigneron of Detroit, and Lori of Baltimore) as a new cardinal.
But we are disappointed that Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been elevated.
Each of these four men have dreadful records on children’s safety.
At the same time, we are disappointed that Pope Francis did not promote Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. While far from perfect, he’s better than more prelates on abuse. Promoting him would have been encouraging to many survivors.
But the pope’s cardinal choices are less important in many ways than his decision to rebuff Polish law enforcement officials who want a credibly accused child molesting archbishop returned from the Vatican to face criminal charges. Pope Francis’ decision to essentially harbor a fugitive who allegedly molested at least five boys is terribly disturbing and hurtful to tens of thousands of suffering child sex abuse victims and millions of already betrayed Catholics.
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.