SNAP responds to new charges vs. bishop
- SNAP responds to new charges vs. bishop
- They’re disappointed only Finn is targeted
- “Problem is bigger than one person,” they say
- And deal means no questioning of bishop in court
- Abuse victims to Jackson Co prosecutor: “No deals!”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a hastily-called sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--express strong disappointment at the new criminal charges and deal involving KC’s embattled Catholic bishop,
--urge the Jackson County prosecutor to make no special arrangements with him and instead prosecute him vigorously,
--beg other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to keep coming forward and calling police, and
--insist that the bishop spend some time behind bars if he’s convicted or pleads guilty.
TODAY, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3 PM
Outside the chancery (diocesan headquarters) at 20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO
Three clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors network of those Abused by Priests. Including a KC man who was abused by a priest who became a bishop and a Saint Louis woman who is the group’s long time outreach director
While this could be considered by some to be a good start, we’re disappointed. We believe others on the church payroll also concealed crimes, misled parishioners and endangered kids. They too should face consequences.
No one should get complacent now. It’s still important for every single person who knows anything about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Kansas City to call police and prosecutors, especiall in Jackson County.
We are grateful to every person who shared information with the grand jury. At the same time, however, we believe there are still dozens of other current and former church employees who could and should step forward with their information about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
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.
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.