NV - "Las Vegas bishop must act now," victims group says
A Las Vegas jury has awarded $500,000 to a man who was sexually abused as a boy by Fr. James Patrick Feeney.
Now that it's been proven that Feeney molested at least one Nevada boy, it's crucial that Las Vegas' Catholic bishop reach out to others he Feeney have hurt. It's irresponsible for the church hierarchy to be passive and silent here. They have ample resources. They should use those resources to find, in Jesus' words, the lost and wounded sheep.
Nevada Catholic officials voluntarily let Feeney work in churches in the state. They are responsible, in part, for the harm he did in Nevada. These church officials have a moral duty to aggressively try to find - and help - anyone else who was assaulted by Feeney. They also have an obligation to prod witnesses and whistelblowers to speak up too, so that police and prosecutors might pursue more criinal charges against Feeney.
This is especially true because Feeney walks free today. Though he's elderly, Feeney's still a threat to kids. He belongs behind bars. Las Vegas' bishop can help get Feeney locked up, but only if the bishop shows courage and compassion and takes action.
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.