Bing Crosby’s niece, a nun, is a child molester
By David Clohessy
Bing Crosby’s niece, Sister Dolores Crosby, has just been “outed” as a child molester in Seattle.
Why do we mention this?
Because abuse by nuns remains a deeply hidden part of this crisis. Because victims of predatory nuns often feel ignored and misunderstood. And because somewhere, a nun might be molesting a child today.
Remember when ultra-conservative Vatican officials picked three bishops (Peter Sartain, Leonard Blair and Thomas Paprocki) to “examine” US nuns? Here’s what we wrote to those three:
“We suspect that fewer nuns molest than priests. (Research suggests that more men are sexual predators.) At the same time, however, that’s just speculation. And regardless of the rates or percentages of abuse, two other facts are important. First, there are more nuns than priests. (55,944 nuns in the US versus 41,406 priests) Second, many more nuns had more access to more kids, largely because they worked and work in schools.
Ultimately, however, the numbers or percentages are not especially relevant. If there are 400 or 4,000 or 40,000 adults who were victimized by nuns in this country, every single one of them deserves help. And if there are 4 or 40 or 400 children who may be victimized in the future by nuns in this country, they need protection.”
Check out the link on our home page called “Abuse by Women Religious.” Or click here: http://www.snapnetwork.org/nun_abuse
We urge you to share that link with current and former Catholics you know. Together, maybe we can find and help one suffering individual who was sexually exploited by a nun or protect one vulnerable kid who might be tomorrow.
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.
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.