PA - Diocese of Pittsburgh keeps information about abusive priest from public
At least 33 Pittsburgh priests are publicly accused child molesters. For the third time, the bishop is writing a letter letting a few hundred of his 700,000 members about one of them.
And he’s writing it only to parishioners at one of the eight churches where the predator – Fr. John Wellinger – worked.
And Bishop Zubik’s public relations man refuses to disclose or even confirm all the parishes where Fr. Wellinger worked.
The question is: why won't Zubik warn all of his flock about these 33 child molesting clerics and write letters to ALL the places where they worked?
We hope that every victim, witness, and whistleblower in the Pittsburgh diocese will come forward to law enforcement officials and not church officials. We urge anyone with information about Fr. Wellinger or any other priest from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to come forward to police immediately.
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.