A Copy of the DOJ's Request to Preserve Documents
At SNAP, we believe that transparency is a critical element to ending the clergy sex abuse crisis, restoring public faith in religious institutions, and helping survivors heal. We are grateful when church officials take steps towards transparency, and even moreso when that transparency is forced by brave whistle-blowers. Today, we were lucky to have experienced the latter.
The below document is a copy of the federal Department of Justice's (DOJ) letter that was sent to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and each of his brother bishops in early October, informing bishops that they must preserve any and all records related to clergy sex abuse including personnel files, "secret archives," and more. This copy was sent to us by an anonymous whistleblower.
While SNAP received this letter in the mail from an anonymous source, media reports verify that Cardinal Daniel DiNardo received such a letter from the DOJ, and the information in the letter from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is accurate as far as we can tell. Accordingly, we are posting this letter in the interest of showing how at least one archdiocese is responding to the DOJ's request.
We are also deeply grateful to every single current and former church worker or member who has come forward to share information with us or the public, whether divulging their name or doing so anonymously. We urge others with such information or suspicions to do likewise.
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.