A New Organization Aims to Force Church Officials to Confront Clergy Abuse during Advent
A recently founded organization aims to force the Catholic Church to truly reckon with the clergy abuse crisis during this Advent season, and we like their creative approach.
Not1Dime is an organization that has recently been founded by concerned Catholics who are looking to find ways to get the church's attention. On their website, they explain their idea:
"Fellow Catholics, starting the first day of Advent, December 2, 2018 join Not 1 Dime and place 9 cents, (a nickel and 4 pennies) in the collection basket during Mass. We also encourage people to mail the same to Pope Francis, and every Bishop, Priest, Cardinal with a letter stating the above.
We recommend that anyone who participates in Not 1 Dime start their own personal Escrow Account with the money they would normally give to the Church. If appropriate actions are taken the money can be given at a later date. If the response is unsatisfactory the money could be donated to help victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking."
We support any action taken by concerned catholics to force their church officials to properly address the sex abuse crisis. We encourage you to visit the Not1Dime web page and learn more about their call to action and find some helpful resources and information. Thanks Ray and Ed for your work on behalf of survivors!
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.
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.