Albany Bishop Claims Church is Safest Environment for Children but the Numbers Tell a Different Story
Despite heading a diocese that has seen more than 80 priests accused of abusing children and needing to administer a neighboring diocese due to the sudden ouster of its bishop for mishandling sex abuse allegations, a New York prelate claims that “there is no safer environment” for children than the Catholic church.
According to reports, the acting administrator at the Diocese of Buffalo is considering reinstating a priest whose secret recordings helped bring to light the methods Catholic officials were using in Buffalo to keep scandals hidden from the public.
As stories and cases of clergy abuse continue to make headlines around the world, the Vatican is responding by sending two investigators to one of the world’s most Catholic nations. We have no doubt that this investigation will reveal scores of examples of cover-up and minimization and hope that survivors are finally encouraged to come forward and report instead of staying obedient to corrupt Church officials.
MK Safety Net applauds the efforts of the many New Tribes Mission missionary kids whose
decades-long quest for justice has resulted in the publication of a historic document by
Ethnos360 (formerly NTM). The document, released in early February 2020, is titled Ethnos360
and Child Safety. MK Safety Net acknowledges that this document is a step in the right direction
by Ethnos360, but we also have concerns about it.
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.