Pope puts out welcome mat for child molesters
Today’s news out of Rome should dispel any notions that this pope is “better” on abuse than his predecessors.
Today, Pope Francis officially put out the welcome mat for child molesting clerics across the globe.
Today, the Vatican has told Polish prosecutors that it will NOT extradite Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who stands accused of sexually assaulting at least five children.
What good is a possible papal commission on child sex crimes in the Catholic church when current church officials refuse to honor secular laws about the criminal prosecution of child molesters? What good are kind words from Pope Francis when he shelters a credibly accused child molester and stiff arms law enforcement by exploiting arcane, self-serving Vatican policies about extradition?
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.
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.