A NY bishop releases predators' names--Dolan should do the same
We welcome the Rochester Catholic bishop's new move to protect children by releasing a list of predator priests. And we call on NYC's Cardinal Timothy Dolan to stop stonewalling and do likewise.
This is the quickest and simplest way prelates can safeguard the vulnerable - posting on church websites the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. It's the very least any bishop should do. Parents, parishioners and the public should easily be able to learn about these potentially dangerous men who bishops recruited, educated, ordained, hired, trained, transferred and shielded.
Under intense pressure, Dolan did this in Milwaukee (though his list was far from complete or adequate). But he has refused to do so in New York. The time for excuses and delay is over. The time for openness and transparency is now.
Roughly 30 US bishops have released lists of predators in their dioceses. But now, America's most prominent prelate refuses to do so.
According to BishopAccountability.org, there are 63 publicly accused NY archdiocesan priests. Some of them are no doubt deceased. But perhaps dozens now live and work among unsuspecting and vulnerable families. For the safety of kids, Dolan should stop hiding information - and start providing information - about them.
Read more here: http://rochesterhomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id=323162
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.
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