Skip to content

Straight Guy with the Catholic Eye: Ex-nun calls for U.S. Government to investigate Catholic Church

By Matt Abbott

I recently received the following e-mail from Pauline Salvucci of Voices of Outrage (www.voicesofoutrage.com):

"Because I do not believe that justice for survivors will come from within the church any more than I think the church will thoroughly clean its house, I propose that we begin to implement the RICO Campaign for Survivor Justice.

"The purpose of this campaign is to call for an investigation of the Roman Catholic Church by the United States Federal Government under the RICO laws for the church's systematic organizational cover up of the sexual abuse of minors and youth over the past 50 plus years.

"To facilitate this endeavor, individuals and groups at the state level would begin a letter writing campaign to their senators, legislators, FBI -- both federal and local -- calling for a RICO investigation of the Roman Catholic Church's handling of the sexual abuse cases in their respective dioceses. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft should also be targeted in this campaign since some survivors were trafficked.

"In conjunction with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the Administration of Children and Families of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has initiated the Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking. The Rescue and Restore campaign intends to increase the number of identified trafficking victims and help them receive the benefits and services needed to live safely in the United States.

"The U.S. State Department reports that '...approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders world wide, and between 18,000 and 20,000 of those victims are trafficked into the United States. This campaign focuses on outreach through health care providers, social service organizations and law enforcement to recognize clues, identify foreign victims trafficked to the US and to reach out and help victims.

"But what of American victims of Roman Catholic priests and bishops? Should these men and women remain alone in their fight for justice? Should America's Roman Catholic bishops who cast aspersions on the American legal system remain above the law? I think not.

"I wrote to Paul Baier of Survivor's First in Boston...and will write to Jim Post, president of Voice of the Faithful, asking if their organizations are interested in this project...I [also] sent an e-mail to Paul Kendrick of Bishops--Accountability.org asking for his feedback.

"If they are interested I would hope that they would organize their membership into parish groups which will take responsibility to organize a mail campaign in each VOTF chapter of each state that has affiliation with the Boston group. These relay-type letter campaigns would specifically ask for a RICO investigation of the Catholic Church.

"Okay, so you're all thinking I'm nuts and this is crazy, please let me finish. I know that if parishes actually do this, they will be setting themselves up to receive the wrath of their pastors and their bishop. If the laity sincerely wants to do something -- then let them be ready to stand for what the Gospel teaches -- love and justice. No mincing words, no waiting for the bishop to offer additional lip service. No more playing that game. People must get involved -- people who are in the church and those who, like me, are no longer practicing Catholics. Because I was a nun for 17 years and now speak so critically of the hierarchy, I think that some Catholics may not want to be associated with me. I am sorry they don't. There is no contradiction in my mind or in my heart about this. Justice is justice and accountability is non-denominational.

"Back to the issue [at hand]. The media should be contacted and the contents of the letter released. This will bring local and perhaps national attention to the endeavor. If there's anything the church hates, it's bad publicity. If the hierarchy ups the ante -- and they will -- so be it. More bad publicity for them.

"The RICO Campaign for Survivor Justice needs to be ongoing. This means that parts of the country can take turns getting out the letters. A constant relay of letters to targeted officials. Then follow-up letters. Phone calls. Then follow-up with the newspapers.

"Unless the laity actually takes strong steps to get the government involved, I am afraid people will keep spinning their wheels in the hope that their bishops will do 'something right -- this time.' The National Review Board has been duped. Catholics have been duped -- some willingly and others because they refuse to recognize the ugly face of the abuse of power in the church.

"Are Cardinal George's thoughts expressed to the pope on June 1, 2004 (http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=54605) simply his own? I think not. Predictably he blames the media and the public, calling America 'anti-Catholic' -- a country with an 'oppressive legal system.' He says the church has no freedom from the 'bureaucratic apparatus of the states.' I think Cardinal George has plenty of company among other cardinals and bishops. These men have no understanding of justice nor of democracy. It's time they learned.

"As part of The RICO Campaign for Survivor Justice, a copy of Cardinal George's letter should accompany the letters to every official targeted in the campaign. Politicians and government officials must be awakened and begin to understand that the Roman Catholic Church is governed by American bishops -- and American citizens -- who must be investigated for covering up sex crimes against children and youth.

"This road will be long and difficult, but it will be no longer than the road survivors have traveled their entire lives...."

Gosh, if the government should investigate the Church, it should also investigate the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, an organization that seems to have no problem with protecting sexual predators. See www.childpredators.com.

And while on the subject of abortion, for those who still believe the utterly preposterous myth that pro-lifers are somehow more violent than pro-aborts (these pro-"choice" advocates, of course, don't believe the killing of an unborn child constitutes an act of violence), check out www.abortionviolence.com.

Contact

Matt Abbott
IL, US
Matt Abbott - Author, 000 000-0000

Email

mattcabbott@CatholicExchange.com

Keywords

Catholic, Abbott

More Catholic PRWire

Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718

A Recession Antidote
Randy Hain

Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.

The Why of Jesus' Death: A Pauline Perspective
Jerom Paul

A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.

Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell

My Dad
JoMarie Grinkiewicz

Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell

Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Catholic Online

Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Catholic Online

Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
Catholic Online

State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Catholic Online

Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
Catholic Online

2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Catholic Online

Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Catholic Online

Franchising to Evangelize
Catholic Online

Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Catholic Online

Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Catholic Online

Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Catholic Online

Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Catholic Online

Full Circle
Robert Gieb

Three words to a deeper faith
Paul Sposite

Relections for Lent 2009
chris anthony

Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell

World Food Program Director on Lent
Catholic Online

Moral Clarity
DAN SHEA

Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Catholic Online

A Prayer for Monaco: Remembering the Faith Legacy of Prince Rainier III & Princess Grace and Contemplating the Moral Challenges of Prince Albert II
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe

Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Sally Connolly

Glimpse of Me
Sarah Reinhard

The 3 stages of life
Michele Szekely

Sex and the Married Woman
Cheryl Dickow

A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Cheryl Dickow

Modernity & Morality
Dan Shea

Just a Minute
Sarah Reinhard

Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Hugh McNichol

Edging God Out
Paul Sposite

Burying a St. Joseph Statue
Cheryl Dickow

George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Catholic Online

Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell

Action Changes Things: Teaching our Kids about Community Service
Lisa Hendey

Easter... A Way of Life
Paul Spoisite

Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Hugh McNichol

Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Hugh McNichol

Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Catholic Online

Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Catholic Online

Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Catholic Online

Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Catholic Online

Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Catholic Online

Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
Catholic Online

Holy Saturday...anticipation!
Hugh McNichol

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.