The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Letter to Archbishop Mansell
May 24, 2011
Dear Archbishop Mansell:
While nearly 30 proven, admitted and credibly accused Hartford area priests are publicly accused predators, we strongly suspect that you are hiding the names of other dangerous and potentially dangerous child molesting clerics. We urge you to disclose the identities of all other child molesting church employees - whether lay or ordained, alive or dead, religious or diocesan, and current or former workers. We also ask that you permanently post the names, and info about each employee's crimes, on church websites. Two dozen of your colleagues in dioceses across the US have taken this simple, inexpensive, non-controversial step toward safeguarding kids. We beg you to do so soon.
(Even your highly controversial and widely discredited colleague, Philadelphia's Cardinal Justin Rigali, posts such names: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm)
We understand that this could take weeks, of course. But right now, for the sake of public safety, we ask that you
In April, as you know, we disclosed a previously secret, six-page 2009 settlement between your archdiocese and a man who reported being sexually abused 200 times by McGann. In the weeks following our disclosure, we have heard from numerous sources that McGann, whose whereabouts were reportedly unknown, lives at Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center (31 Root Ave., Bristol).
We then wrote to the head of the Connecticut Public Health Dept. urging that her agency look into McGann's presence at the facility. Late last month, Child Care Licensing Specialist Diana Reyes confirmed that such an investigation has begun.
In light of this information and these developments, and given the safety risk we believe McGann poses to kids, we respectfully but firmly urge you to take the steps outlined above as soon as possible. Your continued secrecy and inaction is, we believe, irresponsible to families with children at risk now and hurtful to those who have been hurt by McGann in the past.
Even if you don't believe he lives at the child care facility, you know that your lawyers and your staff have determined that the allegations that he repeatedly molested Jeff Libby are true. You know that McGann isn't behind bars. You know that, until recently, almost no one knew of the credible accusations against him. You know that child molestation is a very damaging crime that is likely to be repeated. And you know that you and your brother bishops have pledged to be "open and transparent" about child sex cases.
For all of these reasons, we believe you have a moral and civic duty to "come clean," take action, and try to reduce the chances that McGann will molest another child.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests