SNAP praises brave nun & courageous child sex abuse victim in KC
It takes real courage for anyone to stand on a bishop’s doorstep and criticize him. That’s especially true if you are a Catholic nun. It takes real compassion to openly challenge your ‘superiors’ and publicly side with suffering victims and vulnerable kids. That’s especially true if you are a Catholic nun and you’re in a diocese headed by a particularly callous, reckless and deceitful bishop.
This shouldn’t take courage, but it does. And today, we commend Sr. Jean for her bravery and her caring.
Few are as credible as she is about how the KC diocese has gone backwards in the handling of clergy sex crimes and cover ups, especially since she worked as a Victims Assistance Coordinator for the diocese. It will be hard for Finn, his expensive lawyers and his shrewd public relations team to try and discredit her.
We hope Sr. Jean’s compassion and courage today will inspire others church employees – current and former – to get on the right side of history and share what they know about suspected clergy misdeeds with police, prosecutors, our group and others outside the Catholic hierarchy, so kids might be protected, victims might be healed, and the truth might be revealed.
It also takes real courage for anyone to report child sex crimes, particularly when the accused is a cunning and powerful clergyman. So we also commend today the brave man who has found the strength to disclose how severely he was hurt as a child by Fr. Michael Tierney. We believe and hope that his responsible step today will bring him healing and better protect others.
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.