In the final days before Cardinal Francis George retires and Archbishop Blase Cupich takes over, a dying man's request is granted. Both Cardinal George and Archbishop Cupich had been asked to intervene on behalf of Rick Springer.
Cardinal George, Archbishop Cupich Honor Priest Victim's Request
By Mary Ann Ahern
NBC 5 has learned the Archdiocese sent its Victim's Advocate to Springer's hospital room Friday. Springer, a survivor of priest sex abuse, had requested for years a copy of the file on his abuser, a Chicago priest. The priest died many years ago and never responded to the allegations.
Late this week, knowing Springer was told he was dying, survivors asked NBC 5 to also forward Springer's request. While he had seen the file years ago, he wanted a copy of it. Late Friday, the Archdiocese's Victim's Advocate came to Hines Veterans Hospital to see Springer in person, reading to him portions of the file and allowing him to hold it.
Rick Springer passed away Saturday afternoon -- 24 hours later --
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
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