The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
to Bishop Galante
Most Rev. Joseph Galante
Dear Bishop Galante:
On behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests I am writing to welcome you to your new assignment in the Diocese of Camden. We are familiar with some of the steps you have taken in the Diocese of Dallas regarding clergy sexual abuse during your tenure there, particularly the instance in which you were compelled to publicly challenge Bishop Grahmann about his handling of a case against a Dallas cleric. This was an illustration of fraternal correction which has been lacking through the course of the clergy abuse crisis throughout the church.
As you may know there have been published reports over the years that the first act in office for some new bishops has been to destroy personnel files for all of the diocesan clergy. As you begin a new era in the Diocese of Camden, one of the more notorious dioceses in the country for the sexual abuse of children by priests, we urge you to do the exact opposite. We ask that you commit today to real transparency and openness in your new diocese by making your first official acts in office as follows:
Identify all credibly accused perpetrators as recently reported
to John Jay College.
cc: Andrew Walton, Diocese of Camden
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests