NE- Victims blast Omaha archbishop over abuse case
It’s irresponsible for Catholic officials to drag their feet in child sex abuse cases like this. It hurts victims, endangers kids, confuses parishioners and thwarts law enforcement.
Archbishop Lucas knows the right thing to do. He should shove aside his defense lawyers and public relations team. He should leave the comfort of his office and personally go to each parish where Fr. Salanitro worked. And he should beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds by the priest to contact law enforcement immediately.
Beyond that, Lucas and his brother bishops across the world should insist that the Vatican speed up these cases so that dangerous child molesting clerics can be kept away from kids. He should also transfer Fr. Salanitro to a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center so that he will get help and have no access to kids.
Instead, Lucas and his top aides passively and quietly sit back, doing virtually nothing to get at the truth of these allegations. And his reckless and callous delays give Salanitro ample time to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, fabricate alibis, destroy evidence, abuse kids and even potentially flee the country.
Shame on Catholic officials – in Omaha and in Rome.
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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.