Burlington diocese paying for past recklessness
No one should feel sorry for Burlington Catholic diocesan officials. If its leaders had shown more interest in accountability, transparency, and the safety of all parishioners, it wouldn't be in the position of owing milllions of dollars today.
This story demonstrates the depth of the church's pockets. Many dioceses that have settled with victims want you to believe they are under financial pressure. It is easy to forget how vast the church's land holdings are, and how easily it can turn those into cash.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Vt. town to decide on whether to buy camp on Lake Champlain's Malletts Bay
COLCHESTER, Vt. — Colchester residents are going to decide whether the Vermont community should buy a 26-acre summer camp on Lake Champlain's Malletts Bay from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.
The church is selling the property to help pay the settlement from a series of priest sexual abuse cases.
Townspeople will vote Oct. 4 whether to buy the property for $4.5 million.
On Tuesday, the town sponsored a barbecue at the site to let people see what could become town property.
Katie Leary tells the Burlington Free Press (http://bit.ly/qWaTpF ) she'll vote yes. She says she wants to see a family-friendly park on the lake.
But Brian McCarter says his taxes are already too high. He says it's not the right time for the town to invest in land.
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.