PA- Victims appeal to Rigali- don’t vote in papal election
Kids were hurt and crimes were concealed on Cardinal Rigali's watch in Philadelphia. For that reason, we urge him to recuse himself from voting on the next pope.
Nothing can undo the harm that was done to hundreds of wounded Philly victims and tens of thousands of betrayed Philly Catholic families. But this simple gesture - Rigali staying away from the conclave - would at least be an overdue and welcome sign of contrition on his part. His participation will only deepen the suffering of many who have suffered enough.
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.