MO- SNAP on new church report: "more secrecy & PR"
A fish rots from the head down. No matter how well intentioned Ms. Valenti may be, she’s yet another Catholic lawyer hired by – and answering to – a reckless, deceitful and callous Catholic bishop. No matter how many new lawyers Bishop Finn hires, Bishop Finn still calls the shots.
We’re told that at least 42 Catholic employees were named in abuse complaints last year. But church officials are refusing to name them in this report. This is the same old secrecy, dressed up in fancy clothes by another new lawyer on the bishop’s payroll.
The Catholic hierarchy will claim these alleged wrongdoers are no longer on the job. Even if that’s true, it’s little consolation. They likely aren’t in jail or being carefully monitored so they may well be molesting children today. And unless parents, parishioners, the police and the public are told who they are, Catholic officials are continuing to put their selfish interests above the safety of others.
(Reminder – Fr. Shawn Ratigan was no longer on the job between December and May. Church officials claimed they were “monitoring” him. Yet he continued to hurt young girls during that time.)
Kids are safest when predators are jailed. Until that happens, kids are safer when predators are exposed. When the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused offenders are kept secret, vulnerable individuals are at risk. Valenti and Finn know this. But despite a decade of pledges of “openness and transparency” by Catholic officials, Catholic officials continue to be secretive about known and suspected sexual assaults by clergy against innocent kids and vulnerable adults.
Disclosing numbers of predators helps no one. Disclosing the names and whereabouts of predators is what’s needed.
Remember – if these accused Catholic employees are “no longer on the job,” that likely means most were deemed credibly accused of committing other similar offenses. So there should be little hesitance about disclosing their names.
We’re especially worried about the eight accused offenders whose cases are so far “inconclusive” and the three who Catholic officials allegedly can’t “locate or identify.” In these cases especially, Bishop Finn and his staff should especially be honest about these accused wrongdoers.
This report is yet another in a long series of savvy and carefully choreographed public relations moves by a desperate and discredited bishop and his top aides
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.
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