I was a catholic priest for 20 years when I met a former priest who was a victim of sexual crimes by Fr. Marcial Maciel. Trying to help him and other exlegionaries to seek justice within the institution made me realize it was impossible. I left Mexico and came to Chicago in 2001 where I learned that clergy sex crimes were the result of an institutional mechanism from the Holy See at the international level. I left the priesthood and have dedicated myself to exposing the crimes and the cover-up by church officials in Mexico and the world.
2015 Conference Speaker- Alberto Athie
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.