Three questions & three answers about SNAP in Rome
What do we hope to achieve?
We want to educate parishioners and the public about this ongoing crisis, especially regarding the church officials who continue to protect predators and endanger kids, some of whom will pick the next pope, and one of whom may become the next pope.
Do they think that this is constructive?
--Absolutely. Abuse and cover up require and thrive on silence. By breaking the silence, exposing wrongdoers and educating others, we are preventing future crimes and cover ups. And by staying active and visible, we're reaching victims across t he world who are still trapped in silence, shame and self-blame.
What the church hierarchy does or doesn't do is beyond our control. But by our own actions and words, we can help others recover from abuse and prevent abuse
What's their bigger strategy moving forward under the next Pope?
-- In the short term, to fight complacency. Complacency protects no one, only vigilance protects the vulnerable. So we'll urge people to judge the new pope by his actions to safeguard kids, particularly in his first few months, and we'll urge people to avoid the temptation to assume that the new guy will magically fix everything. No one man caused this crisis, no one man can remedy it either. Every single person who sees, suspects or suffers child sex crimes in the church must report, and preferably to secular authorities, not church figures
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.