Statement on the John Doe case by a VOTF member
We're glad they failed, but Catholic officials at Conception have no business acting in litigation like mean-spirited corporate honchos.
Such hard ball legal tactics hurt victims and children, of course. But they also hurt faithful Catholics, who feel shame when they see their leaders behaving irresponsibly.
The same holds true with the KC diocese and the Fr. McGlynn case. Evidence shows that years ago, they suspected and knew of sexual misconduct by McGlynn. And like Parry, McGlynn has admitted child sex crimes.
So why is the diocese trying to maintain the myth that it only learned of McGlynn's wrongdoing in 2002.
Church officials want this crisis to be over. But it won't be over until kids are protected and the truth is revealed and the deceit finally stops.
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.