MO - SNAP challenges archbishop to “break the mold”
What will Archbishop Robert Carlson do about one of his priests - accused of fondling a girl earlier this year – whose criminal trial has just been scheduled for March.
Will Carlson do what Catholic bishops almost always do – nothing? Or will he display real leadership and courage and compassion by using his vast resources help police and prosecutors build a strong case and successfully keep a child molester away from other kids?
This isn’t rocket science. It’s common sense and common decency. Through church bulletins and parish websites and archdiocesan publications, Carlson can – and should – send a simple but crucial message: “If you have any information that might help law enforcement convict Fr. Xiu "Joseph' Jiang, please step forward right away.”
Why is this crucial?
Because child molesters rarely strike only once.
Because most clergy sex cases can’t be prosecuted.
Because many predator priests exploit technicalities and walk free.
Because kids can’t help find other victims so responsible adults must.
Because unless bishops begin to change, their shattered reputations and diminished moral clout won’t ever be restored.
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.