Until church, Legislature deal with this issue, it is still news
By Ken Tingley, November 2, 2016, The Post Star
The handwritten letter was the kind of note you don’t see much anymore.
It was in a nice flowing script and easily readable and had the formality of another era with an introductory “Dear Mr. Tingley.”
It was old school.
So was the content.
The writer told me my column about the Catholic Church’s latest way of dealing with pedophile priests was “old news.”
“You’re revisiting the sad and sordid details of a difficult event several years ago struck me as a ‘cheap shot,’ “ he wrote.
And here is the worst part: The writer was a retired priest.
My Oct. 23 column was about the Catholic Church’s latest attempt to . . .
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.
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