LA Bishop Admits Fathering Two Children, Victims Respond
Our hearts ache for Bishop Zavala's young children, who hopefully will find healing and wholeness now that their father and the church have acknowledged them in such a public manner.
At the same time, we cannot help but see there is an inherent problem in a system where a high-ranking church official can father children, yet victims fight for years to get the secret church document that outline sexual abuse and cover-up.
Read the story here: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1200022.htm
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.