FL - Another Miami priest sued, SNAP responds
Another child abuse lawsuit has been filed against a priest from the Archdiocese of Miami, the second that the archdiocese has faced in a month.
Fr. Neil Doherty, a priest who is already in jail on unrelated charges, is accused of abusing a teenage boy in the 1980’s. According to the lawsuit, Fr. Doherty drugged and sexually molested the boy when he was 15, under the guise of blessing him and making him feel “special.”
We are proud of Dennis Montero for coming forward and breaking his silence. Given the Archdiocese of Miami’s recent tactics of attacking and trying to undermine the credibility of victims, this must have been a very difficult decision. We are glad that Montero was not shamed into silence.
We hope that this courage will prompt others who were abused in the Archdiocese of Miami to come forward and make a report to police. Considering that the most recent cases filed against the Archdiocese of Miami indicate that abusive priests were kept in ministry despite multiple allegations of abuse against them – as seen in this case and the Fr. Rolando Garcia case – we are sure there are other victims who are scared to come forward. Hopefully the example set by Montero will encourage others to speak up and join him in speaking out.
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.