DC Cardinal should resign," Victims and Advocates say
#CatholicToo Movement – Times Up Nationwide protests
"DC Cardinal should resign," Victims and Advocates say
They demand that he post names of accused clerics on church websites
Group urges release of all church documents pertaining to abuse or the cover up of abuse.
And Grand jury investigations similar to the one just held in Pennsylvania be carried out in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC
As Part of a Nation-wide response this weekend, Local clergy survivor groups and support organizations will be holding signs and childhood photos, to demand that Washington DC's top Catholic figure resign. They will also ask DC archdiocesan officials to:
- Post the names of all the current and former accused child molesting clerics on church websites, and
- Stop lobbying against efforts to reform "archaic, predator-friendly state laws." And instead support these legal reforms necessary for survivor justice that they claim to support
- Urge State attorneys general across the DMV to launch investigations into their local dioceses,
- Ask US Justice Department to launch a full-scale federal investigation into the systematic sex crimes and cover ups within the Catholic Church, and
- Demand State lawmakers to extend statues of limitations and strengthen mandatory reporting laws to help deter future abuse and cover ups.
Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 am
United States Vatican Embassy (Apostolic Nunciature), 3339 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
About a dozen survivors and supporters including members from SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), who are fed up with the Church providing cover for predator priests. Sponsoring organizations include Call To Action, DignityUSA, FutureChurch, New Ways Ministry, Quixote Center, RAPPORT (Renewing and Priestly People Ordination Reconsidered Today), Roman Catholic Women Priests, Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Ordination Conference, Women's Ordination Conference
- In response to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s release of an 887 page report that details the systematic sexual abuse of children and coverups by top Catholic officials.
- In response to hearing that Washington Archdiocese, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, engaged in "absolutely abhorrent" behavior, according to AG Shapiro. (Page#229) https://www.npr.org/2018/08/16/639371818/how-pennsylvanias-attorney-general-is-investigating-reports-of-sex-abuse-by-prie
- Noting that the MD Attorney General, Brian Frosh has asked victims and/or their family members to reach out to his office with emails, so he can be informed of clergy sex abuse cases in the state of Maryland. email@example.com
- Realizing that the time is now for the US Department of Justice action on this issue. Last week the group - along with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rightswrote to Deputy US Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. They're asking the DOJ to initiate “a full-scale, nationwide investigation into the systemic rape and sexual violence, and cover-ups in the Catholic church, and, where appropriate, bring criminal proceedings against the hierarchy that enabled the violations.
- The PA grand jury concluded that “Over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the church’s own records. SNAP believes that the real number – of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward – is in the thousands.”
- SNAP is worried about those victims, and about children who are at risk now, because of predators who may be living or working near kids.
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.