Vatican - Vatican releases defrocking stats on predator priests; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
The Vatican has released statistics on defrocking priests over a two year period. This is not progress.
Numbers don't protect kids. Decisive action protects kids. Parents, police, prosecutors and parishioners need the names and whereabouts of every child molesting Catholic cleric. That's the information that the Vatican should be making public.
Just yesterday, our group publicly exposed a Catholic cleric, Brother Damien Chong, who molested in California, was sent to Chicago and now works in Massachusetts as a chaplain in a mall. Not a single Catholic official in any of those three states has done anything to warn a single family about this potentially dangerous man. And there are thousands of proven, admitted and credibly predator priests out there like Chong, living and working among unsuspecting families and employers – and sometimes still in church jobs – because of the continuing secrecy of top Catholic officials.
The Vatican's focus should be on prevention, not on damage control on the tail end after a priest, nun, seminarian, brother or bishop has already assaulted dozens of boys or girls.
We strongly suspect that these numbers are being made available now because of the grilling Vatican officials took yesterday in Geneva. It seems that once again, only external pressure is prompting church officials to belatedly and grudgingly make a tiny gesture to mollify outraged parishioners and victims and secular authorities
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259,firstname.lastname@example.org), Judy Jones 636-433-2511,email@example.com) Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.