||Notice of Rockville Centre, Ny, News Conference at Noon, Sunday, Dec. 7th
Voice from the Desert
December 2, 2008
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, Catholics will prod fellow parishioners to withhold financial donations on December 21st, the 2nd international Withholding Sunday, or Me$$age Sunday, to send the bishops a message that irresponsibility and secrecy will no longer be tolerated
Sunday, Dec 7th, noon.
Outside St, Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Pl, Rockville Centre
Three-four members of a new organization called "Send the Bishops a Message" (http://www.sendthebishopsamessage.com); and supporters from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org); and the Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF.org).
Reasons we are taking this action:
•The ongoing failure of Catholic Church officials to protect our children from dangerous clerical predatorsCONTACT – Frank Douglas, national director of Send the Bishops a Message, 520 404 2489 (cell) or 520 579 9575 (home); Dick Regan 607 368 0463; Tim Echausse 516 987 7089
•The bishops' failure to provide acceptable levels of stewardship for our hard-earned donations
•The refusal of Church officials to accept responsibility for their grave moral failures in the clergy sex abuse crisis. They repeatedly "apologize," but neither admit to covering up sex crimes against children nor accept their part in the grave scandal brought down upon Catholics everywhere.
•After almost 6 years since the Dallas Charter of 2002, we are still witnessing high-level Church officials protecting both clerical sexual predators and those who shield these predators
•Pope Benedict on his trip to the U.S in April said that he was "deeply ashamed" about the sexual abuse scandal and that the bishops should do all in their power to bring about healing. However, Bishop Murphy, through his funding of the New York State Bishop's Conference (the Catholic state legislature lobbying arm), is doing all he can to prevent access to justice by victims of childhood sexual abuse by advocating against the reform of outdated and unjust statutes of limitation dealing with sex crimes against children. This action by Bishop Murphy prevents the healing desired by the Pope and all caring people.
•Catholics have no elections, recall procedures, or impeachment processes that allow them to replace those who have cost parishioners so much. Withholding donations is the best way for a disenfranchised laity to send, with one voice, a message to church officials in the only language they understand--MONEY!