Letter to the Editor: Diocese’s concern is keeping secrets


October 7, 2020

I believe the Diocese of Rockville Centre has tried to avoid its responsibilities to the survivors of its clergy abuse, from being the only large diocese in the country to refuse to put out a list of credibly accused priests to trying to have the Child Victim Act declared unconstitutional. So now it is bankruptcy [“Diocese of Rockville Centre seeks bankruptcy,” News, Oct. 2]. It would have you think it is concerned about the survivors when, to me, its concern always has been only keeping church secrets. These secrets would have been endangered in court discovery and litigation. I believe this is the reason this diocese is in bankruptcy and there is no list. I call this Bishop John Barres’ “burden.” I say the diocese is bankrupt of any moral fiber when it comes to facing its sins of clergy abuse.

Janet Cleary Klinger,

Editor’s note: The writer is Nassau-Suffolk leader of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

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