TX- ex-El Paso priest accused of abuse
Our hearts go out to Eran Joseph McManemy of New Mexico who is accusing, in a new lawsuit, three priests of molesting him. One of the clerics worked in the El Paso diocese.
It takes real courage to take legal action that safeguards kids and exposes corruption.
Some may find it hard to believe that one boy could be sexually assaulted by three priests. But we in SNAP see cases like this far more often than most would suspect. It’s important to keep in mind that among Catholics, priests are held in very high esteem and kids are trained to trust and revere and obey them.
We call on El Paso Catholic officials to aggressively seek out and comfort anyone who may have suffered Fr. Holly’s crimes. And we urge them to prod witnesses and whistleblowers who may know something about the crimes and cover ups involving Fr. Holley to call police. Though Fr. Holley is deceased, it’s possible that prosecutors might be able to pursue Catholic staffers who may have hidden his crimes, destroyed key evidence, intimidated other victims, threatened potential witnesses and otherwise obstructed justice.
Fr. David Holley is one of America’s most notorious and prolific predator priests. We believe that perhaps dozens of Catholic officials knew of or suspected and ignored, concealed and enabled his heinous crimes over decades. Shame on every one of them. And shame on Catholic officials in New Mexico, Massachusetts and elsewhere who have done little, if anything, to aggressively seek out and comfort his dozens of victims.
We hope that every single person who suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in New Mexico will step forward, break their silence and begin healing. We also hope that every single person who saw or suspected clergy sex crimes in New Mexico will also speak up, expose corruption, call police
We especially hope that current and former church employees and members who have information or suspicions about sexual misdeeds by clergy will find the strength to end their complicity and contact law enforcement, so that kids will be safer.
For full story, please see http://www.alamogordonews.com/news/ci_23193150/one-time-altar-boy-claims-3-priests-alamogordo
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.