Prominent predator priest returns to Detroit
A prominent Catholic priest from the Detroit area has returned home in the wake of his admission that he had an “affair” and fathered a child whom neither he nor his Catholic institution are supporting.
He’s Fr. Thomas D. Williams of the controversial Legion of Christ, a scandal-wracked and cult-like Catholic religious order. He also faces other accusations (see below).
Our hunch is that at least a few people in Detroit Catholic circles have knowledge or suspicions of Fr. Williams’ exploitation of women. If so, we hope they’ll find the courage and strength to do what’s right and report these to secular and church authorities. It’s wrong to let wrongdoers escape responsibility for their wrongdoing, or experience minimal consequences.
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.