Vatican - In stunning move, Pope meets with Mahony; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Today, as Catholic officials told a United Nations panel that the Vatican is 'reforming' on abuse, Pope Francis held a private meeting with retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, a prelate so corrupt that his successor denied him the right to exercise public ministry in his own archdiocese.
Within hours of taking office earlier this year, Pope Francis went to Cardinal Bernard Law's church in Rome and spoke briefly with him.
The pope could not have picked more discredited and complicit US church officials to meet with than these two. Pope Francis is a very smart man. He understands symbolism. He must know how hurtful it is to thousands of wounded US victims and millions of betrayed US Catholics for him to spend time with disgraced clerics who recklessly, callously and deceitfully protected hundreds of predators and endangered thousands of kids.
So like his predecessors, Pope Francis sends clear signs to complicit prelates that helping predators and endangering kids won’t hurt their clerical careers.
Hundreds of US bishops have concealed and enabled heinous child sex crimes against kids. None are worse, however, than Law and Mahony. It’s dreadfully insensitive for Pope Francis to meet with these men. Who is next, convicted Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn?
Our hearts ache, especially for the hundreds of men, women and teenagers who were sexually violated by Los Angeles clerics.
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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