AZ - Case against abusive priest in Phoenix proceeds slowly
We hope that the records request that is holding up the case against Fr. Jack Spaulding will be over soon and Mr. Pain will get the chance to have his day in court. Two and a half years is a long time to wait.
We also hope that the action taken in this case by Vatican officials will be decisive, punitive, and serve as a deterrent to future child sex crimes and cover-ups. Spaulding’s abuse of at least four kids is a horrible crime and must be treated by church officials as such. If the new pope is to live up to his words to “act with determination” in child sex crimes, he must act on Fr. Spaulding – and all other priests with credible allegations against them – immediately.
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.