Why rush to make Mother Teresa a saint?
A newly-revealed letter strongly suggests that Mother Teresa lobbied Jesuit officials to put an accused pedophile priest put back on the job quickly.
But Catholic officials refuse to answer a simple question: did Mother Teresa actually write that letter? It seems extremely like that she did. But church supervisors in the Vatican and at the Jesuit headquarters won’t answer any questions about the letter.
That raises another simple question: Why the rush to make Mother Teresa a saint?
Almost every day, new documents or evidence or testimony surfaces, shedding new light on the church hierarch’s on-going cover up of clergy sex crimes. Prudent leaders, who care about the feelings of their followers, would move slowly before praising officials who may have ignored, concealed or enabled horrific child sex crimes.
That’s what Catholic managers should do – move very slowly before elevating any church supervisor who seems to have protected predators and endangered kids.
We call on Catholic officials – in Rome and in the Jesuit headquarters – to stop the ducking and dodging about Mother Teresa. We call on them to slow down the drive to make her a saint, to avoid rubbing even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of suffering clergy sex abuse victims (especially those hurt by Fr. Daniel McGuire) and betrayed Catholics.
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.