August 6, 2018
Dear Bishop Perez,
I hope you are well. We had a brief chance to meet at your installation and, like many other diocesan Catholics, I share a renewed sense of hope after a long, difficult period under your predecessor.
I am writing on behalf of concerned Catholics in the diocese who are deeply disturbed by the revelations regarding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the August Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report detailing the abuse suffered by over 1,000 child victims, and naming over 300 Catholic priests as credibly accused.
I know from your August 17 letter to Catholics in the diocese that you are also greatly concerned about this crisis and share Cardinal Daniel DiNardo’s sentiments in response to the report.
In addition to the individual crimes, the Pennsylvania report sheds light on the decades long effort of Catholic Church officials to shield the perpetrators from prosecution, and generally hide details of the crimes from the public.
Many local Catholics are aware that the diocesan website has the names of credibly accused priests and I thank you for that. Still, many are concerned that those who have covered up criminal activity be held accountable. Of course, at the top of that list is Auxiliary Bishop A. James Quinn who is now deceased. Evidence shows that he advised participants at the 1990 Midwest Canon Law Society meeting to send personnel files that “you really don’t want people to see” to the Apostolic Delegate “because they have immunity.”
This Sunday, concerned Catholics will peacefully gather on the sidewalk in front the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 10:30am to hold a prayer vigil and to make their concerns known.
I and others who will be there are asking you to take a few moments to address this group, possibly after Mass, and help us to understand what is being done to ensure that all criminal activity and any cover up of that activity has been and is being thoroughly investigated with and made available to all people who live in the diocese.
Thank you for your leadership. We all wish you the best,
A Concern Catholic
Executive Director of FutureChurch
17305 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107