Today, the Catholic Diocese of Memphis released its long-awaited list of priests credibly accused of sexual molestation. Memphis joins a growing number of Catholic Dioceses who are releasing the names of credibly accused priests in an attempt to show transparency and avoid scrutiny by independent investigators including the Attorney General of the state.
We are writing to you as advocates for the rights and dignity of survivors of sexual abuse and for the prevention of these crimes. A recent situation in Buffalo has, in our opinion, negatively impacted the SUNY brand. We want to ensure both that you are aware of this development and also that you are taking steps to respond to it.
One of New York’s most-sued Catholic dioceses is choosing to declare bankruptcy. This is a move designed less to protect assets and more to protect secrets and prevent the public from getting the full truth about the scope of clergy abuse within its borders.
More than a year after releasing their list of priests accused of sexual abuse, the Jesuit Central and Southern Region has added four more names to their list. We call on Jesuit officials to use all resources at their disposal to share this updated information with every parish community where each of these four men worked and encourage victims and witnesses to come forward and make a report to police.
We're here to protect innocent kids and vulnerable adults. We’re not here to punish or persecute anyone. This is about public safety and victims’ healing. When those happen, then it may be time for forgiveness or redemption,which are, in fact, private actions, not public actions. Public actions are what will keep others safe and help others heal.
Dear Archbishop Cordileone,
A retired priest from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Frederick Lutz, has been arrested and charged with molesting a child. The media reports that his first known crimes occurred in 1972. According to Fr. Lutz’ work history, two years after molesting a child in Missouri Lutz was suddenly “on leave” in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Despite knowing of “credible” allegations against one of their priests in 2002, Catholic officials from the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau reportedly allowed the priest to continue working for nine more years, exposing countless more children to harm and reneging on their promise to enforce “zero tolerance” against clerics accused of abuse the very same year that promise was first made.
A priest from the Episcopal Church in Western Massachusetts pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on the same day that Church officials revealed they “received devastating credible evidence” that the cleric had sexually abused a teenager. We hope that these allegations can be prosecuted and that another probably dangerous child abuser will be put behind bars where he belongs.
A Pennsylvania priest who molested a young girl after being removed from a previous assignment for allegations of abuse was sentenced to prison yesterday. We are grateful that this abuser is finally away from children and hope that this news will encourage other victims and witnesses to come forward to police.
Mississippi Congressman Calls for Department of Justice Intervention into Clergy Abuse Case, SNAP Applauds and Echoes the Call
A Mississippi congressman is calling for intervention by the Department of Justice into a case against a Franciscan brother who is accused of abusing three young boys in Mississippi. We applaud the efforts by the congressman and his office and hope that his call for change will lead to a full investigation of this troubling case.