In November of 2018, a Houston-area mother reported that her daughter had been sexually assaulted by a priest during a confession rite at Nazareth Academy. Despite her report, nothing was done by diocesan or school officials.
Dear Commissioner Goodell,
Less than a week out from the NFL’s premier event, a storm in Louisiana is disrupting what should be the celebration of another season. As survivors of clergy sexual abuse and advocates for victims, we are turning to you to help weather this tempest.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a former priest from the Diocese of Dallas. We hope that church officials in Dallas will use every resource at their disposal to help law enforcement locate the priest and do outreach to every parish in which he served, encouraging any victims, witnesses, or whistleblowers to come forward and make a report to police.
Ramsey County and Archdiocese of St. Paul / Minneapolis Reach Settlement on Failure to Report Charges
Prosecutors in a Minnesota county have reached a settlement deal with church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on charges stemming from the archdiocese’s failure to report allegations of child sexual abuse. We hope that the deal reached today will make children in Minnesota safer and believe that this deal is further evidence of the need for secular intervention into cases of clergy abuse.
A Michigan Catholic priest arrested last year on false imprisonment charges has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. This is another example that demonstrates the importance of secular, unbiased investigations. We hope this news encourages other victims, witnesses, and whistle-blowers to come forward and make a report to Michigan’s attorney general.
The Diocese of Fall River is one of the few remaining Catholic dioceses in this country that has not published a list of accused priests. So far, more than 150 US dioceses have named names. Not so in Fall River, a diocese that yesterday saw its fifth priest since November removed from active ministry because of allegations of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.
A teacher who was accused of abuse at a Buffalo parochial school was allowed to quietly move to a nearby town and start teaching again, this despite apparent knowledge by Catholic officials that the teacher was an abuser. We applaud the man who came forward to share his story and hope that it encourages others who may have been hurt by this teacher to speak up and get help.
When it comes to allegations of clergy abuse, Catholic church officials have used a playbook with many different strategies. A key part of that strategy has been to self investigate, with predictable results.
Another Priest in Michigan Faces Criminal Penalties, SNAP Credits the Attorney General Investigation
Another Catholic priest accused of a sexual crime has been charged publicly, and we think a lot of the credit goes to the work done by Michigan’s attorney general. A.G. Dana Nessel has shown the power and importance of secular investigations and how these investigations can protect the vulnerable from harm.
The New Orleans Saints, an NFL Football team, are for some reason involved with doing damage control for the beleaguered Archdiocese of New Orleans. Making matters worse, team executives are going to court to prevent the public from being aware of their intervention.