Rome- Archbishop stripped of diplomatic immunity

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 566 9790, )

Now, after a page 1 New York Times story, Vatican officials have stripped a former archbishop of his diplomatic immunity. We hope Josef Wesolowski is caught by police before he flees.

It should not take embarrassing international headlines to force the Vatican to turn over a fugitive to law enforcement. Helping secular officials catch, charge and convict child molesting clerics routinely, not rarely, should be the norm.

There isn’t much progress when wrongdoers change only when caught.

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