The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
November 16, 2004
Abuse Victims Seek Consequences For Complicit Bishops
New USCCB President Should Disband Panel That Has Done Nothing
Seven Bishops Were To Determine How To Discipline Colleagues
Committee Should Be Immediately Reconstituted
- seven bishops on the conference's "fraternal correction" committee be ousted;
- the incoming conference president make bishops' accountability his top priority, and immediately reconstitute that panel under new leadership; and
- the outgoing bishops' conference president publicly acknowledge the failure to discipline church officials who covered up and transferred known and suspected abusive clergy.
A newly released survey shows that 3/4 of all Catholics believe bishops' cover-up of clergy sex crimes is more damaging and disturbing than the abuse itself. Yet only one bishop has resigned, and have experienced any consequences for their irresponsible actions.
Other committee members include Levada of San Francisco, George and Listecki of Chicago, Kinney of St. Cloud, Wuerl of Pittsburgh, and Aquila of Fargo.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests