MO - KC Catholic bishop to get new PR staffer
On one hand, we're grateful that Rebecca Summers is being replaced. She's been part of the deceit and cover up of clergy sex crimes in Kansas City for years. And she's said some dreadfully hurtful things to victims over the years. (She told one man who was helping to expose predators that his recently-deceased mother would be ashamed of him).
On the other hand, shuffling staffers and titles is one way embattled bishops often try to blunt reform and mollify parishioners, by pretending they're making real changes. We suspect this is what Bishop Finn is doing.
The pattern of hiding heinous crimes against kids is longstanding and deeply rooted in the Kansas City diocese. Reversing it won't happen because a few employees are moved around and a few new titles are handed out. It will take continued pressure from secular authorities, continued courage from victims and continued skepticism and vigilance by parishioners and the public.
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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.