August 23, 2011
Bishop Thomas Tobin
Diocese of Providence
One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903
Dear Bishop Tobin:
We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.
We wholeheartedly endorse two important calls made in Ireland today.
We agree with the call made by ONE IN FOUR that Magee hold an open news conference, and take questions about his role in concealing child sex crimes. Out of respect for those he so severely and repeatedly betrayed, that’s the very least Magee should do.
Whatever became of all those pledges by Driscoll and his brother bishops to be “open” about clergy sexual misdeeds? This kind of continuing secrecy violates the promises Catholic officials have made over and over again for the past decade.
Anything that Magee does now is meaningless. For decades, he was a powerful figure in the church hierarchy in Rome and in Ireland. Instead of using his considerable power to protect kids, he used it to endanger kids.
If Catholic officials will deceive people about child sex crimes, they’ll surely deceive people about wealth.
We applaud Ms. Madden for reporting her abuse to the camp two years ago, discussing it publicly about it now, and taking action to expose the wrongdoers who concealed the heinous crimes. She’s a brave woman who, by acting responsibly, will no doubt encourage others who are suffering in silence to speak up and get help and expose predators and protect kids.
It’s important to remember that it never should have come to this. Had Catholic officials acted like decent human beings and reported child sex crimes – both known and suspected – to police and prosecutors, thousands of innocent kids would have been spared horrific abuse.
We applaud this brave man who has called police about an admitted child molesting cleric. It’s hard for victims to speak up, but that’s what it takes to safeguard kids, expose predators, and prevent crimes.
Our hearts go out to Fr. Robert’s alleged victims as they come forward with this lawsuit. We thank them for their courage – it is usually incredibly difficult for childhood victims to come forward even well into adulthood. Far too many people have experienced ongoing suffering like David Turrill's.
German Catholic priests should care more about protecting vulnerable kids than clerical reputations.
Even if the predators are deceased, the truth of their crimes should be exposed for the healing of their victims and the entire church.