Friday, October 30, 2015

REPORT ABUSE TO THE OFFICE OF THE PROMOTER OF JUSTICE

For years many of us had heard stories of the sexual molestation of young children, especially boys, by "certain clerics." Asked why those who knew of these cases did not report them, most simply didn't know who to report them too. 

Most did not want to go to the law because they wanted the matter to remain private - as it was a grave embarrassment to their family. But still, many wanted something to be done. But who to go to.?The bishop? 

(That's a dead end and I will soon demonstrate why - if you didn't already know for sure, for sure.)

Some have written to the Apostolic Delegate. But as per the name of the office suggests, he is only a delegate and has no power to investigate or enforce unless otherwise empowered by the Vatican.

Recently we learned of an office that was created to handle these kinds of cases: 

Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The current Promoter of Justice is Fr. Robert J. Geisinger SJ and he was appointed to the office by Pope Francis in October of 2014. 

This office was designed to receive information about clerical abuse cases no matter how far back they occurred and to protect the people and families who submit the information. 

We have already directed the cases we know about to this office. You are encouraged to do the same. Like on the civil side, evidence must be compiled before there can be an investigation. We know the evidence is there. It is time to send it. 

Simply write out as much as you know. You must use names and dates - even if they are approximate, and locations. Be sure to provide return address information. Mark the envelope CONFIDENTIAL. Then send to:

Fr. Robert J. Geisinger SJ
Office of the Promoter of Justice 
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11, 00193 Roma, Italy

Telephone: 06.69.89.59.11
Fax: 06.69.88.34.09

This information will be linked in the right sidebar for permanent reference. 

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