Persistence pays off
There's tons of truth in the axiom "Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior."
Yet when a pope is picked, many predict - based solely on hope and ignoring considerable evidence - that he'll "be better" on abuse than his predecessor.
That's why we are so grateful to the amazing researchers at BA.org who dug deep into how Pope Francis dealt with clergy sex abuse and cover up cases in Argentina. What they found is very disturbing.
And their work, though seemingly ignored at first, is finally gaining traction.
In the past few weeks, more and more news outlets and bloggers are citing this important research.
Let this be a reminder to all of us: when our efforts don't seem to bear fruit, it's best to be patient and fight pessimism. It may take weeks or months or sometimes years. But usually, our hard work is noticed and effective.
Congrats & thanks to BA.org
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.