Accused KC Catholic priest quickly restored to ministry; SNAP responds
We’re disappointed that Fr. Matt Bartulica has been so quickly restored to his job despite allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse. How thorough could an alleged church “investigation” be if it just took a couple of weeks?
We hope that anyone who may have been hurt by Fr. Bartulica doesn’t feel hurt and betrayed again by Bishop Finn’s premature move.
We hope that other current and former Catholic employees and members will do what Bishop Finn refuses to do - beg anyone with information or suspicions about child sex crimes - by Bartulica or any clerics - to call police immediately.
And we caution KC Catholics against getting their hopes up because the head of Finn’s hand-picked abuse panel is stepping down. In virtually every diocese, these committees are full of devout, timid church loyalists who are extremely reluctant to question the bishop who picked them and who use their extremely limited role to almost always “rubber stamp” whatever recommendation Catholic officials offer them.
So having a new person in that post will do little or nothing to make any KC kids safer.
Read the story here: http://www.examiner.net/news/x1200259402/St-Cyrils-priest-cleared-to-resume-duties
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.