Newly disclosed predator names posted
We are grateful every time the public is made more aware of a potentially dangerous predator.
As best we can tell, only 3 of these are newly disclosed names. All the rest have been posted, many for years, on a website called BishopAccountability.org
For the sake of public safety, we hope Bishop Clark will go further and release the whereabouts and photos of these potentially dangerous priests and ex-priests (as the Philadelphia archdiocese has done.)
Also missing from this list: names of Rochester priests removed before 2002. In 2004 in an internal church report, Clark said 18 had been removed since 1950. Why not name them? At least one or two of them are likely still alive and potentially dangerous.
It is also important to realize that many of the 18 removed priests cited in the John Jay report may be named in this list. But not all.
A handful of bishops have taken this step when lawmakers are weighing statute of limitations reform. Feeling that pressure (and fearing the embarrassing disclosures about corruption in the hierarchy that civil litigation can bring), bishops often take a step like this so they can claim "See, there's no need for legislative reform - we're handling this crisis."
We hope that's not what's happening here.
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.