Cardinal Cupich of Chicago says sex abuse in Church is a "distraction"
Cardinal Cupich of Chicago says sex abuse in the Church is a "distraction"
For immediate release, September 11, 2018
Statement by Tim Lennon, President of SNAP, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820
Cardinal Blase Cupich recently told a group of seminarians that “while the church’s ‘agenda’ certainly involves protecting kids from harm, we have a bigger agenda than to be distracted by all of this.” The cardinal also added, “I feel very much at peace at this moment. I am sleeping OK.”
Cardinal Cupich may be 'at peace," but all around him hundreds of thousands of victims cry out in pain, as they experience a lifetime of turmoil. The Faithful are confused and angry. His Church is imploding. There are calls for Pope Francis to resign. We can only shake our heads at this clueless "prince of the church" and wonder how he could possibly be at peace.
The uncaring arrogance of church officials like Cardinal Cupich coupled with the callous disregard for the safety of children and the pain of survivors exemplifies why sexual abuse and rape, and its cover up, continues to be a systemic problem in the Catholic Church. As the Pennsylvania grand jury report demonstrated, we can not rely on the hierarchy to protect young people and vulnerable adults.
Our safety, and the safety of our community, must depend on prosecutors, district attorneys and attorney generals who will undertake independent investigations. Thankfully, there are plenty of people who do not find sexual abuse in the Church a "distraction," but a serious problem that deserves law enforcement's full attention and sweeping legislative reform.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been working for thirty years to support victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings and has more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org),
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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