"Twice convicted & put back on the job"
Five years ago, Fr. Norman Rogge died.
This week, BishopAccountability.org posted his work history. Please read just these two sentences about Rogge and let them sink in:
Rogge was convicted twice for the sexual abuse of boys in Florida - in 1967 and again in 1985. He received probation both times and was allowed to continue in ministry.
I knew and loved one of Rogge's victims - Bob Swart of St. Louis, as kind, compassionate and cheerful a person as you could ever hope to meet. He was a long time SNAP member who, for a decade, came to almost every event we did, whether a support group meeting or a news conference.
A dedicated advocate for the mentally ill, Bob enhanced many people's lives. Who knows how many lives Rogge devastated?
NOTE - Rogge worked in these towns: St. Marys KS, Pomfret CA, Dallas TX, Tampa FL, Mobile AL, Berkeley CA, New Orleans and six other Louisiana towns (Grand Coteau, Bellvue, Campti, Trichel, Black Lake, Montgomery).
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.