Richard Sipe responds to KC plea deal
This is a most disturbing trend: the fifth time a Catholic bishop has been left off the hook for behavior that the average citizen would be held accountable. This should not be tolerated.
No matter what is distorting the normal and ordinary legal process—political power or money–it is unacceptable. This is the clerical system distorting justice and honesty. Bad for the Church, religion, and the country. Have we learned nothing from 20 years of sexual abuse crisis, over 6,000 priests reported as abusers and 100,000 of young victims? The pattern and practice goes on unabated and unreformed. Five years of "reeducation" of Finn will change nothing. (any more than it effected O'Brien, Pilarczyk, Walsh or the diocese of New Hampshire. This is a cop-out. Shame on Kansas City.
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.
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