An exciting chance meeting!
In one of those amazing moments, we were on the square getting ready to head back up the hill when a reporter rushed up and said come with me. He brought us to meet Francesco Zanardi, a fellow survivor, from Savona.
Francesco has helped to get his predator arrested and convicted. He has recorded dozens upon dozens of conversations with church officials (who have admitted this predator had attacked numerous kids) and the predator who does apologize. He held a 20 day hunger strike and walked 350 miles from Savona to Rome to help publicize the scandal.
He has letters from his bishop to then Cardinal Ratzinger about the predator and so much more. (many of the documents are on our website) he is here in Rome to deliver a petition to Cardinal Sodano asking that Cardinal Domenico Calcagano (the bishop who wrote Ratzinger) be removed from the conclave for protecting the predator rather than the kids. This petition received over 12,000 signatures in just 40 hours.
It's always a wonderful moment when you meet exciting people like Francesco, and getting to hear about his impressive work was one of the highlights of the trip!
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.