SNAP Responds to yet another Priest Removed in Greensburg Diocese
For immediate release, August 28, 2018
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com
We have just learned that yet another priest in the Greensburg diocese has been accused of child sex abuse.
We urge anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr Joseph E. Bonafed , who has been accused of child sex abuse, to report to law enforcement, not the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes. We are thankful the brave victim reported it to the PA Attorney General's hotline.
Although he has been removed from ministry, we urge Bishop Edward C. Malesic to go to every parish where he worked and reach out to anyone who may have been abused by Bonafed and urge them to contact law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has a network of more than 25,000 survivors and supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org )
Contact - Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, email@example.com)
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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