Sunday, November 09, 2008

Attention Chicago and Los Angeles : WITHHOLD giving money to Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church

Notice of Chicago Sidewalk News Conference on November 10th

Chicago - Nov 7, 2008 -


New Catholic group urges parishioners "Stop Donating"

It decries continuing protection of pedophile priests by bishops

Lay people must use "power of the purse" to "force real reform"

Ongoing secrecy in Church finances is basically "taxation without representation"

Nov. 16th is first international "Withholding Sunday"


WHAT

Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, Catholics will prod fellow parishioners to withhold financial donations on November 16th which will be the first nationwide, indeed worldwide Withholding Sunday, to send the bishops a message that irresponsibility and secrecy will no longer be tolerated

WHEN

Monday, Nov 10, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE

Outside Chicago archdiocesan headquarters, 155 East Superior, in downtown Chicago

WHO

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) ; the Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF.org); We Are Catholics (wearecatholics.com); and the Coalition of Concerned Catholics.

WHY

Reasons we are taking this action:

· The ongoing failure of Catholic Church officials to protect our children from dangerous clerical predators

· 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

· Chicago's Cardinal Francis George, the current head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), refused to follow his own sex abuse review board's recommendation that he, George, suspend a priest, Fr, Dan Mc Cormack, who had been arrested for sexual abuse of a minor. Three months after Cardinal George's refusal to act against Fr. McCormack, this priest molested at least three more boys in Chicago's inner city. One of the children, prosecutors say, had been assaulted "on an almost daily" basis.

· 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!

CONTACT - Frank Douglas, national director of Send the Bishops a Message, 520 404 2489 (cell) or 520 579 9575 (home); Rick Springer 773 485 2447; Matt McCormick 847 361 3633; Therese Albrecht 708 263 3050

* * *
Notice of Los Angeles Sidewalk News Conference on November 10th
Los Angeles - Nov 7, 2008 -



New Catholic group urges parishioners "Stop Donating"

It decries continuing protection of pedophile priests by bishops

Lay people must use "power of the purse" to "force real reform"

Ongoing secrecy in Church finances is basically "taxation without representation"

Nov. 16th is first international "Withholding Sunday"


WHAT

Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, Catholics will prod fellow parishioners to withhold financial donations on November 16th . This first nationwide, indeed worldwide Withholding Sunday, will send the bishops a message that irresponsibility and secrecy will no longer be tolerated

WHEN

Monday, Nov 10, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE

Outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple St, in downtown Los Angeles

WHO

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 a Catholic reform group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF.org)

WHY

Reasons we are taking this action:

The ongoing failure of Catholic Church officials to protect children from dangerous clerical predators

The bishops' failure to provide acceptable levels of stewardship for Catholics' 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, high-level Church officials are still protecting both clerical sexual predators and those who shield these predators

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony approved a $660 million settlement with clergy sex abuse victims, yet still uses every legal maneuver at his disposal to maintain the secrecy of Church files he agreed to hand over to victims' attorneys as part of the settlement.

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!

CONTACT - Frank Douglas, national director of Send the Bishops a Message, 520 404 2489 (cell) or 520 579 9575 (home); Debby Bodkin 949 290 5516; Mary Jane McGraw 818 917 3555; Sam Cordova 818 667 1005



* * *

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message to a colleague, friend, or family member.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Hit Counter
Hit Counter
free counters
Free counters
web hosting