We’re disappointed that Fr. Castillo is not facing more severe consequences for his serious wrongdoing.
Even if the prosecutor’s right and Fr. Castillo didn’t intend to be around kids, he could have walked away. He knows the rules and restrictions. And he chose to ignore them. In fact, he violated the most important rule of all for child molesters: he chose to be around kids.
For that, we believe he should have been hit with the toughest penalty possible.
And we call on every single current and former Catholic church official or member who saw, suspected or suffered Castillo s crimes to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing. We strongly suspect that he could – and should – be prosecuted for other sex crimes. And we suspect that aggressive outreach might uncover church employees who might be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, destroying evidence, witness tampering or similar charges.