by Margaret Reif, for the Catholic Accountability Project, Guest Blogger
People have been asking what is going on and what needs to be done.
When an accusation is made, it’s often long beyond the statute of limitations. Charges can’t be filed, so our children’s safety is dependent on the Archdiocesan investigation of the claims.
IF they find the allegations credible, they send the priests for treatment at St. John Vianney, where there is no strict supervision. In many cases, they are moved to another parish after their treatment only to “re-offend.”
Those found to be a real problem are either “retired” at Villa St. Joseph in Darby (again without supervision) or simply “laicized” — cut loose with a payoff (in Avery’s case, $87,000) — and sent out to live among us as neighbors, teachers, coaches, etc.
Because charges are never filed, known child abusers are not required to register in accordance with Megan’s Law. If the statute of limitations were eliminated, we would no longer need to worry about having known child abusers living among us. Church officials are lobbying against these bills (HB 832/878) saying it has nothing to do with justice, but rather about money. We disagree.
The Archdiocesan Web site admits to having laicized 20 abusive priests, but when I asked Mary Achilles where they were, she said they “didn’t know.”
That is unacceptable.
There is much to do to protect our children, but it’s not going to be done by individuals. It’s only going to be accomplished if we all speak up together with one voice and demand change.
We have been communicating with various parishes in the area and working to form groups around the Archdiocese so we CAN speak up with one voice.
Please join us tomorrow for a Downingtown-area meeting if you are interested in learning more.
Please RSVP via the contact form at: http://www.catholicaccountabilityproject.com/ so we can properly plan for space and give you location details.