UK - O’Brien’s apology is weak, SNAP says
Cardinal Keith O'Brien’s apology is weak, vague, belated and thus hollow sounding. We simply do not believe he denied the accusations because his victims were anonymous.
Still, it's encouraging and healthy any time any corrupt Catholic official is publicly exposed and experiences any consequences – however slight – for abusing trust, hurting others and hiding misdeeds. It would have been far better had church figures in Rome and in the UK publicly condemned or disciplined O'Brien. It's only a tiny step forward when wrongdoers essentially get to pick their own punishment.
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.