For those truly believing the clergy sex abuse crisis that publicly erupted in 2002 is over, ask yourself why Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders have not been held accountable for failures to report sex crimes committed against children, as mandated by law. The answer is very simple: The patterns of political ENABLERS are set in stone!
*** The Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod Brown was the first U.S. Bishop to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits in the amount of $100 million in December 2004.
*** Bishop Brown continues to employ multiple individuals and attorneys who aided and abetted in sex crimes committed against children, failures to report as mandated by law and discriminatory employment practices.
Read the letter below sent by me just this week. Then, privately reflect on why the patterns of political ENABLERS are set in stone and exactly who the political ENABLERS are? Where are the checks and balances in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America?
September 10, 2008
Bishop Tod Brown
Diocese of Orange
2811 East Villa Real Drive
Orange, CA 92867-1999
Re: FREEDOM OF RELIGION & PASTORAL PRIVILEGE
Dear Bishop Brown:
Six years ago today, on September 10, 2002, you broke the hearts of my children, Brent and Rachel, by ENABLING your attorneys and school administrators to deny their request to complete their senior year of Catholic education and graduate with their Class of 2003 at Santa Margarita Catholic High School -- all because of a labor dispute. Then, you and your employees proceeded to publicly grandstand prayers and Masses throughout the Diocese of Orange communities, in memory of the one year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
Since 2002, my family has been forced to endure years of defamation, hate crimes, retaliation, perjury, identity theft, bank fraud, legal conflicts of interest and illegal employment practices, all in the name of freedom of religion.
In fact, nothing has changed since the clergy sex abuse crisis erupted in 2002. You continue to ENABLE your employees and attorneys to abuse the judicial system, destroy careers, commit perjury, obstruct justice, fail to report crimes as mandated by law and alter public records, all in the name of God. There is no doubt in my mind that there are many precious children and families living with the shame of sex crimes committed by employees protected by religious institutions, hiding from accountability, with all the legal, political and corporate protections of a Goliath. I pray daily those still suffering in silence because of you and other religious leaders, will find the courage to speak out.
Last week, when my family and I thought moving out of Orange County, California, would finally bring us peace from the orchestrated political, defamation, career, religious and personal retaliations of your General Counsel, retained attorneys and employees, my youngest daughter, was the last of my children to feel the wrath of your evil ENABLING acts. Upon arriving at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on August 27, 2008, she was told that her softball scholarship and financial aid had been revoked but was given $750 for making the Dean's Honor List during the Spring 2008. Strangely, no one from the university bothered to inform her in writing or by telephone of this sudden change in funding. Laurel flew home the same day. Please extend my congratulations to your Diocesan General Counsel, corrupt attorneys and political circles for succeeding again in striking the last of my four children -- all in the name of freedom of religion privilege.
You have ignored letters written by me in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. You continue to ENABLE, AID AND ABET crimes against children, adults, families and employees, by rewarding those violating the law to protect you from public scandal. However, there is an emerging strength that will eventually rid your Diocese and other religious institutions of evil sexual predators and ENABLERS of heinous crimes, often disguised as attorneys, administrators, judges, government and law enforcement officials: The courage of clergy abuse survivors and their families.