Priest in Key Vatican Position Resigns, Another Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Assault To Follow
After an allegation of sexually assaulting a woman in a confessional surfaced publicly months ago, a high-ranking Vatican official has finally stepped down from his prominent role today. Church officials now say the allegation will be "examined formally." We cannot help but feel that this was only in response to continued media coverage of the case, not out of concern for vulnerable parishioners.
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.