Two accused clerics ousted, says Philly blogger - SNAP reacts
Two accused Philly predator priests are being permanently removed and four others are being put back on the job, according to noted Philly Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo.
Archbishop Charles Chaput continues to selfishly disclose decisions at his convenience with little or no regard for children's safety.
Just last year, prosecutors concluded that 37 accused Philly priests were still on the job. So it's very hard to have any faith whatsoever in secretive internal church procedures run by a few Catholics hand-picked by complicit church officials.
The real and urgent remedy is still eliminating Pennsylvania's archaic, arbitrary, predator-friendly statutes of limitations. When the courthouse doors, long slammed in victims' faces, are cracked open, the truth about these abuses and cover up reports can be better revealed and children can be better protected.
Again, we stress that decisions about possible predator priests should be announced as soon as they are made, not held in secrecy for months or weeks until the archbishop and his public relations staffers deem it's most advantageous to disclose them. Chaput continues to act recklessly and selfishly.
And again, we urge Chaput to start defrocking Msgr. William Lynn, a convicted criminal.
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
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