Bishop claims abuse settlement is not admission of guilt
Shame on San Angelo’s Catholic bishop. He’s trying to have his cake and eat it too – paying a settlement to make a clergy sex abuse and cover up case go away while suggesting no one did anything wrong. And he’s basically trying to bully other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into keeping silent, by talking tough about going to trial.
Bishop Michael Pfeifer should be encouraging, not discouraging, those who suffer to come forward. Instead of acting like a caring shepherd, he’s acting like a cold-hearted CEO.
The bishop called the settlement ‘the best solution.’ Of course he thinks that. A trial would have almost certainly exposed callous and corrupt church co-workers and supervisors who knew of or suspected – and ignored or concealed - Father David Espitia’s child sex crimes.
We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Father David Espitia – or any cleric – will find the strength and courage to speak up, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.
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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