Victims group blasts NYC Cardinal Dolan over new report
In the church's ongoing child sex abuse and cover up scandal, Cardinal Dolan continues to dish out pabulum instead of push for reform.
Rather than making even vaguer and largely soon forgotten promises ("to strive to the fullest to end the societal scourge of child sexual abuse," he pledges today), he should:
-- remove his blog post insensitively questioning (and implicitly blaming) a New York City teenager who reported, just last year, being repeatedly molested by her pastor http://blog.archny.org/?p=1556
-- post on his archdiocesan website the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics (like two dozen of his brother bishops have done).
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.