Suspended predator priest “retires;” SNAP responds
Sorry, “retirement” doesn’t cut it. Bishops promised to oust child molesting clerics, not let them voluntarily step down.
Bishop Sheridan should immediately turn over to law enforcement every single piece of paper in Fr. Manning’s personnel file. He should personally go to every church where Fr. Manning worked, even briefly (because it takes just seconds for an adult to shove his hands in a child’s pants) and clearly beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police. He should post notices in every parish bulletin and every church website and on his own diocesan site and in his diocesan publications. He should explain why Fr. Manning “disappeared” from the Official Catholic Directory in 2002, when the church’s abuse and cover up crisis exploded into public view. He should explain why a St. Louis archdiocesan priest was quietly moved to Colorado. He should take Fr. Manning’s passport so he can’t flee the country. And he should put Fr. Manning in a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center for sex offenders so Manning will be away from kids.
Anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Manning’s crimes has a moral and civic duty to protect kids by contact law enforcement.
Read the story here: http://www.gazette.com/news/colorado-132852-springs-manning.html
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.