IRE - New Bishop of Cloyne promises reconciliation, sex abuse victims group responds
We are hopeful that the new Bishop, Dr William Crean, will hold true to his pledge to keep children safe and continue the work of healing those who were violated.
Cloyne was one of the worst hit areas in the Catholic abuse scandal. The road to wholeness is a long one and the best start is with honesty from the church, outreach to those who have been hurt and justice for the wrongs they suffered.
We have heard Bishops make lofty promises, with little fruition. We are cautiously hopeful that Crean will follow through and that anyone who saw, suspected, or suffered abuse will speak up and get the help they need.
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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.