Victims blast Ft. Wayne Catholic officials
We are saddened that the Fort Wayne – South Bend Diocese did not disclose all the information they had regarding Fr. Thomas Lombardi’s crimes when they announced his removal. In an effort to live up to their pledge to be open and honest about clergy sex cases, the Diocese should have revealed when and where the abuse took place.
We urge Bishop Rhoades to personally visit every parish where this predator worked and to beg other victims or witnesses to come forward and report what they saw. We also call on the Bishop to release the information regarding the specifics of the abuse that he is currently withholding from his parishioners. Silence is a predator’s best weapon, and by not coming forward with all the details, victims who may be suffering in silence may continue to feel alone and helpless.
Read the story here: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20111207/LOCAL/312079967/1002/LOCAL
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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