We’re saddened but not surprised that another child sex abuse report involving Fr. Jack Spaulding is surfacing. Child predators rarely strike only once.
In an unusual move, clergy sex abuse victims are praising Belleville’s controversial Catholic bishop for his honesty.All too often, Catholic officials led or let parishioners assume that any church cutbacks stem from clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. That’s rarely the case.
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.