MN - SNAP to church officials: how many more victims?
Minnesota Catholic officials - with the Franciscans and the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese - made a secret settlement seven years ago with a clergy sex abuse victim and have stayed silent about the child molesting cleric even though more than 70 kids in three states now say he molested them.
Why are they keeping this secret and how many other secret settlements are being made by the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and by Catholic religious orders in Minnesota?
Since the initial allegations against Br. Baker were announced (in Ohio last month), no church official in the Twin Cities area came forward to say ‘yes, he abused kids here too.'
Knowing that Baker abused at least one kid here, we want to know if there were any other victims.
There have been so many allegations that it’s almost impossible to believe that there is only one victim in Minnesota. It’s time for Twin Cities archdiocesan staff to end their dangerous secrecy and come clean about Br. Baker today.
If a single child has been hurt by Baker over the past seven years, Twin Cities Catholic officials are to blame. They had the duty, in 2005, to tell the public that Baker was credibly accused and that they settled with at least one of his victims. hey acted selfishly in stead of acting responsibly. And they're still acting selfishly today, by staying silent.
It’s time for Twin Cities archdiocesan staff to end their dangerous secrecy and come clean about Br. Baker today and explain their on-going secrecy.
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.
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.