IL- Prominent priest passes away
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Fr. Andrew Greeley. We agree with them that the church is a better place because of him.
Decades ago, Fr. Greeley made the first substantial donation to SNAP. He was one of the first to publicly address the church's on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis. His columns about the scandal gave hope to many victims and prodded many journalists to begin covering it.
He was criticized and ridiculed when, in 1993, he wrote in a magazine article that roughly 100,000 US kids had been molested by priests. (Last year, according to mainstream media accounts, church abuse experts made the same estimate in a Vatican meeting.)
We don't agree with everything Fr. Greeley said or did. But we are grateful to him for his support, compassion and courage over the last three decades.
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.
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.