PA - SNAP calls for Diocese of Pittsburgh to be open about accused priests
Today, we called on Bishop Zubik to live up to his promise to be “open and honest” and to inform his flock about recently-outed priest Fr. Michael Ledoux. But Fr. Ledoux is not the only priest that Bishop Zubik has been secretive about.
Fr. Daniel Valentine, who was removed last fall from ministry, is a priest who was accused of inappropriate contact with a minor and about whom Bishop Zubik has been silent. Like Fr. Ledoux, we expect there to be more to the case than was originally revealed, and we call on Bishop Zubik to immediately end his secrecy surrounding these two priests and to open up about what crimes they are accused of, what evidence exists, and what the diocese plans to do about them.
At a bare minimum, Bishop Zubik should, for the safety of kids, disclose where Fr. Valentine is now living.
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.