Letter to Missouri Governor Parson

Governor Parson

State of Missouri


Dear Governor Parson,

As you know, our Attorney General Josh Hawley is looking into clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Missouri Catholic Church. He maintains he can only ask for the voluntary cooperation of the same Church officials who have hidden those crimes for decades.

However, according to Mr. Hawley, you can change this. You can order him to obtain full criminal jurisdiction and use this power to conduct a genuine, thorough inquiry that will expose wrongdoers and protect kids. We beg you to do this immediately.

Why should you do this?

For far too long, secular authorities in Missouri and elsewhere have played a "hands off" role in clergy sex crimes and cover ups, enabling Church officials to continue quietly moving predators, paying off victims and maintaining dangerous secrecy. The safety of children, the healing of victims, and justice for all affected, demands that this recklessness and secrecy must be exposed, and the wrongdoers must be "outed." Please, Governor Parsons, act now to make sure Missouri's look at clergy sex crimes and cover ups is a source of pride for our state and a source of valuable information for parents, parishioners, prosecutors and the public. 

David Clohessy

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

[email protected]

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