Roman Catholic Diocese needs to preach transparency (Letters)


December 10, 2020

Letter to the Editor by Rev. James J. Scahill

As a result of the Velis Report, June 21, 2020, in light of public and media attention former Bishop Rozanski properly posted deceased Bishop Christopher Weldon’s name on the Diocesan Web page of Springfield clergy credibly charged for the abuse of children/minors. Nonetheless, Rozanski is part of a continuum of bishops since Weldon to deliberately withhold full truth and genuine transparency relative to complete disclosure of Springfield Diocesan priests guilty of a heinous crime: The heinous impact upon the lives that they abused physically, emotionally and spiritually.

By a comparison to the listing available at this lack of truth is abundantly clear. There are some fourteen priests credibly charged not listed on the diocesan web page.

I have personally dealt with a victim of both Rev. J. Roy Jenness and Rev. Thomas O’Connor, and a victim of Msgr. David Welch (Weldon’s executor). For these victims and all victims of abuse, whose violators have not been claimed by the diocese, justice demands this be publicly rectified.

Will the new Bishop of Springfield acquiesce to emancipate truth from a power that continues to believe itself its master?

Fundamentally aggressive efforts for the protection of every child and minor from any kind of abuse by anyone should have been a major campaign decades ago especially from a proclaimed Pro-Life church. Tragically that cause was never undertaken. When legislative initiatives sought to lengthen the Statute of Limitations when any person could come to terms with their molestation, the Catholic Massachusetts Conference of Bishops lobbied against it.

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