US-based victims group blasts Cardinal Brady
Shame on Cardinal Brady. Catholic bishops are monarchs with tremendous power. But when child sex abuse and cover up cases come to light, they pretend to be powerless.
It's disingenuous for Brady to claim that because he wrote one memo, he did all he could do to protect kids from Fr. Brendan Smyth. He could and should have done more and he knows it. It's tragic that he refuses to publicly admit that, because he did the absolute bare minimum in this case, other unsuspecting parents welcomed Fr. Smyth into their homes and other innocent kids were severely hurt by him.
We join those who are calling on Brady to resign.
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.