Vatican opens investigation into 7 Legion priests, SNAP responds

Vatican opens investigation into 7 Legion priests, SNAP responds

For months or years, Catholic officials have put kids at risk by staying silent about these credible allegations of heinous crimes. Each of them should have been publicly announced the moment they were deemed credible. And in each case, high ranking church officials should have publicly begged anyone who saw, suspected or suffered these clerics' crimes to call police and get help.

Instead, for their own callous, selfish reasons, Catholic authorities - perhaps dozens of them - said nothing. Their silence and inaction gave each of these predators even more time to destroy evidence, fabricate alibis, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers and even flee to other nations.

Shame on every Catholic Church employee or member who knew or suspected these crimes and chose self-serving, comfortable silence over their duty to protect the vulnerable.

And given the Legion's long, alarming track record with children's safety, we frankly do not believe these child molesting clerics are being kept away from kids. 

 

Read the story here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-eu--vatican-legionofchrist,0,2988773.story

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  • commented 2012-05-15 08:14:09 -0500
    I wonder what the ‘it was the immorality of the 1960s’ crowd says given that some of the crimes took place in the 1950s?
  • commented 2012-05-11 15:29:10 -0500
    The CDF is to blame for shelving evidence in the first place so they are investigating themselves?
  • commented 2012-05-11 15:04:40 -0500
    Are their names available? Please release their names so I can look up their photos and forward to BishipAccountability. thx…frank
  • published this page in Media Statements 2012-05-11 09:24:33 -0500