SNAP FACT SHEET: Catholic wrongdoers are praised, not punished
Name of wrongdoer: now retired Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia
What he's accused of: Prosecutors say he concealed dozens of cases of clergy abuse and kept dozens of predators in parishes just a few years ago.
How's he's being honored: He is a featured speaker at the Catholic Men Servant Leaders annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Even after harsh grand jury reports blasting him and his colleagues, Pope Benedict sent Rigali to eastern Europe to represent the Vatican and church events.http://www.snapnetwork.org/ky_controversial_cardinal_to_speak_at_event
Where he is now: Retired and living in Knoxville Tennessee
Name of wrongdoer: now retired Cardinal Edward Egan of New York City
What he's accused of: Egan has been accused of refusing to remove priests accused of sexual abuse when he was bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000.
How's he's being honored: He was recently invited to celebrate mass at the Pueri Cantores Children’s Choir Festival, held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan. http://www.snapnetwork.org/abuse_survivors_group_wants_egan_mass_for_youths_canceled
Where he is now: Retired
Name of wrongdoer: Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles
What he's accused of: Roughly 23,000 pages maintained by the archdiocese and various religious orders regarding sex abuse were ordered to be made public. The documents, which he fought in court for years, reveal that his concerns were more about the scandal that would derail the church and his agenda rather than the protection of children. http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_press_releases/2010_press_releases/120310_la_catholic_cardinal_should_be_disinvited_snap_says.htm
How's he's being honored: He appeared publicly with and met privately with Pope Francis in Rome in January. He also spoke at a recent Religious Education Congress in California.
Where he is now: Retired in California.
Name of wrongdoer: Monsignor Jerome Schmit in Toledo, Ohio
What he's accused of: Interrupted a 1980 police interrogation of Fr. Gerald Robinson for murder of a nun.
How's he's being honored: Msgr. Schmit CYO Athletic Complex and honorary street sign near the Mud Hens’ downtown ballpark naming it “Monsignor Jerome Schmit Way.”
Where he is now: Deceased
Name of wrongdoer: Bishop Anthony O'Connell of Knoxville, Tennessee & later Palm Beach, Florida.
What he's accused of: He's an admitted child molester
How's he's being honored: A building in Knoxville is/was named after him.
Where he is now: Deceased
Name of wrongdoer: Msgr. Jerome Schmidt
What he's accused of: interrupted police interview with Fr Gerald Robinson in regard to murder of nun in Toledo.
How's he's being honored: Toledo street named after him
Where he is now: deceased
Name of wrongdoer: Msgr. Robert A Brown
What he's accused of: Sexual abusing a boy in Woodsfield, Ohio
How's he's being honored: A building is named after him: The Brown Center, Woodsfield, Ohio near St Sylvester's school and church
Where he is now: deceased 1991
Name of wrongdoer: Cardinal Bernard Law
What he's accused of: covered up sexual abuse committed by priests in Boston Archdiocese
How's he's being honored: Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome in 2004
Where he is now: Rome
Name of wrongdoer: Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in Missouri
What he's accused of: He was criminally convicted for refusing to report suspected child abuse.
How's he's being honored: Still running the KC-St Joe Diocese in good standing
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.