Jesuits Keeping Students and Staff at Fordham University in the Dark
Apparently, Jesuits quietly moved "credibly accused" child molesting clerics to Murray-Weigel Hall on the Fordham campus. This strategy was also used by Jesuit officials at other colleges they operate across the US, such as at Gonzaga in Washington.
The religious order refused to say whether they are still doing this at Fordham. Instead, the university was forced to restrict student access to Murray-Weigel in order to keep them out of harm’s way. Ongoing student-volunteer programs had previously allowed student to visit the priests housed there.
For the safety of innocent children and vulnerable adults, we hope New York Catholics and citizens join with Fordham students and staff and insist that the Jesuits come clean about where their "credibly accused" priests are located. We also hope New York's Cardinal Tim Dolan stops focusing on what he perceives as anti-Catholic sentiment in New York and starts working towards building a safer environment for all.
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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.
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