The only way that the Archdiocese can now make amends is to stop fighting victims in the civil courts, cooperating completely with civil authorities, and turning over and making public all evidence of child sex abuse and cover-up in their secret personnel files.
- protect the anonymity of the victim if they so choose
- honor the victims' right to take their cases to court if they choose not to use H&H
- consume less financial resources so there is more left for the actual victims
- provide an opportunity for victims' cases to be reviewed by a true panel of experts and not random members of a jury
- move the cases at lightning speed compared to the courts so that victims don't have to spend months or even years being re-traumatized
Coadjutor Archbishop Byrnes must stop putting the burden of amends on the laity—that burden must sit squarely on the shoulders of church officials and their attorneys. Prayers are for those without the immediate power to enact change. Coadjutor Byrnes has the immediate power to enact change in the courts, open files, stop wrongdoing, and hold those who committed or covered up child sex abuse accountable.