Tomorrow, a serial predator priest, Fr. Alejandro “Alex” Castillo will be taken in to custody in order to serve his prison time for pleading guilty to child sexual abuse. A year ago, he was removed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ontario when allegations surfaced that he abused two brothers within last two years.
Once again we see that Catholic officials cannot be trusted to even conduct so called "independent" investigations of clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
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.