ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — The recent release of details from a 13-month long investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church is eliciting reactions from local organizations.
Following Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's investigation, he is referring 12 former clergy for potential criminal prosecution. The religious leaders were within the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the dioceses of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Springfield-Cape Girardeau and Jefferson City.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests issued a statement alleging the investigation "dramatically falls short of efforts by attorneys general in states like Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania."
SNAP called it "terribly worrisome" that "the AG is exposing not one church official who committed or concealed child sex crimes," noting that the report even points out that many cases were beyond the statute of limitations.
In response to the investigation, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis issued the following statement:
Along with the statement, the Archdiocese said it "encourages anyone who has yet to share their story of abuse to please come forward to the local and state authorities. Anyone who has knowledge of sexual abuse of minors or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, can also call the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 314-792-7704."
Read the full statement from SNAP below: