Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 6, 2020 / 16:00 pm
After an official with the Society of St. Pius X told priests and staff they should speak with criminal investigators only in the presence of an attorney provided by the group, the group's leaders say their message was not intended to suggest anyone should cover up alleged sex abuse.
The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is a breakaway traditionalist group of priests and bishops with no official canonical status in the Church.
Rev. Scott Gardner, bursar of the U.S. district of the SSPX, told staff and priests at St. Mary's SSPX chapel and school in Kansas last weekend that they did not have to cooperate with state investigators of alleged child sex abuse.
He added that employees and priest should speak to police only in the presence of a lawyer, who would be provided by the organization.