SNAP asks governor to order state investigation of church
The Louisiana chapter of SNAP has asked Gov. John Bel Edwards to direct State Police to investigate the Catholic Church.
The organization, which represents and speaks for survivors of sexual abuse by priests, believes that the recent declaration of bankruptcy by the Archdiocese is an effort to seal evidence in sex abuse cases.
In a letter, the state's SNAP president, Richard Windmann, pleads with Edwards to direct State Police to conduct "a statewide investigation of the Catholic church."
We've reached out to the Governor and to State Police to confirm their receipt of the letter, and for responses. We also have requested a response from the Archdiocese.
We'll update this story as we receive more information.
Here's the letter:
My name is Richard Windmann, and I am the Louisiana State Leader for Survivors of those abused by Priests (SNAP).
As you know, there are hundreds, if not thousands of children that have been raped by priests, nuns, deacons, and employees of the Catholic Church in the State of Louisiana. Recently, the Archdiocese has declared bankruptcy, effectively moving over 30 child sex abuse civil cases to Federal bankruptcy court. This tactic has been used by church officials in the past as a way to seal depositions and other documents related to abuse and cover-ups fro...