Clergy sex victims blast new Baltimore archbishop
This is a callous choice and a terribly disappointing one for anyone who cares about kids.
Again, Pope Benedict elevates a corrupt cleric with a long and troubling track record of protecting predator priests and church secrets over innocent kids. As long as the Vatican keeps rewarding wrongdoers, wrongdoing will continue.
Lori has kept more secrets and more accused priests in ministry than most bishops. He pretends to be a reformer but his public relations and actual performance conflict.
Under Lori, the Bridgeport diocese
--kept Fr. Martin Ryan in a parish for nine years after he was accused, in 2002, of molesting a girl, despite having paid her a settlement. (He was suspended just last year after being accused of sexually harassing a woman.)
--kept secret a 2008 child abuse investigation of a visiting priest until October 2011, when the priest was arrested for child sexual assault in Canada: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/01_02/2012_01_17_Hennessey_CatholicChurchs.htm
-- kept secret for five years (from 2004-09) about settlements, totaling $40,000, paid to in two men who reported having been abused as kids by Monsignor William Genuario and Monsignor Frank Wissel.
--fought for years in court to keep church records about child molesting clerics secret
--refused to warn parishioners or the public about an abusive nun, Patricia Long, who went on to become an Episcopal minister. http://www.snaparch.com/snap_statements/2011_statements/032911_ex_nh_nun_accused_of_molesting_is_outed_in_ct.htm
--kept silent about the defrocking of Fr. Charles W. Stubbs, a credibly accused pedophile priest who was quietly allowed to move from Connecticut to New York where he lived near unsuspecting families in a home owned by Sacred Heart University President Anthony Cernera.
--has not (despite repeated requests) posted a list of proven, admitted or credibly accused on the diocesan or parish websites (as nearly 30 other dioceses has done).
Lori himself directly mocked a victim, Michael Powel, who was molested by several church employees, http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/03_04/2011_03_21_Tepfer_BridgeportDiocese.htm
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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