On Thursday, the Dallas, Texas Catholic diocese released a list of over 30 credibly accused abusive priests who held around 180 assignments in the diocese throughout their careers. Retired FBI employees, former state troopers, and law enforcement officers made up the investigation team. The diocese did not disclose the identities of the investigators. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) believe that an independent investigation led by the Texas Attorney General and prosecuting attorneys should be conducted to maintain transparency and ensure that enough is being done to hold the abusers accountable for their actions. Although the Dallas Bishop Edward Burns announced in a press conference that the perpetrators’ names were given to authorities, SNAP insists that another investigation must be completed.
Survivors of clergy abuse deserve to be heard and given the opportunity to move past the trauma they experienced. In order to do so, abusive clergy members must be penalized for the crimes they committed against their victims. Although the Pennsylvania grand jury report prompted many other states to conduct their own investigations, thorough, objective investigations are necessary to uncover the truth.
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