Victims want archdiocese held responsible too
Thanks to the courage of this brave survivor who worked up the strength to come forward, talk to secular authorities, and seek justice and the protection of children, a jury in Miami today sent a powerful message to the predator priest. While no amount of money can restore the innocence shattered due to sexual violence, this verdict is a resounding condemnation of the actions of Fr. Neil Doherty. We are proud of the victim for coming forward and proud of the men and women that made this decision today.
Archdiocesan officials recruited, educated, ordained, trained, supervised and shielded this serial predator. We hope that they too will be held responsible to some degree for his crimes. Now more than ever, the Archdiocese of Miami should make an effort to help repair the damage done by Fr. Doherty and do real outreach. The Archbishop should visit every parish where this predator worked and beg others who may have seen or suspected Fr. Doherty’s crimes to come forward, talk to police, get help, and start healing. And we hope the courts will let this brave victim hold archdiocesan officials responsible for their role in this horrific betrayal.
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.
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.