October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Victims of clerical sex abuse testify that Kamala Harris repeatedly refused to release church records on abusive priests while she was district attorney of San Francisco.
The claims come amidst allegations that Harris’ previous political campaigns received substantial donations from law firms and lawyers representing the San Francisco archdiocese.
“Many of the law firms and lawyers who were representing the archdiocese on a variety of legal matters — including priests that had been identified as possible culprits — gave large contributions [to Harris’s political campaign]. Some of them had never given contributions to a race like this before, but they loaded up her campaign coffers,” said Peter Schweizer in an August 13 interview with Alex Marlow of Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily, as reported by Breitbart on the same date. Schweizer is author of “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite” and president of the Government Accountability Institute.
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PETITION UPDATE (10/26//2020)
In a resounding victory for supporters of life, family and freedom, the U.S. Senate has just confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States!
Justice Barrett was sworn-in by Justice Clarence Thomas and will swiftly fill the vacant seat and immediately begin participating in Supreme Court hearings.
The petitions signed by many of you - there are now over 40,000 signatures - supporting Judge Amy Coney Barrett were sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as to the Officers of the USCCB.
Thank you for signing these petitions. As you can see, your signature really does make a difference!
We also know that many of you also made calls to your U.S. senators to encourage them to vote for Judge Barrett. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (10/22/2020)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, leaving only one hurdle to go next week.
Every Republican on the committee voted for Barrett, President Donald Trump’s selection to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while every committee Democrat boycotted the vote, CNBC reports.
Please READ the latest LifeSite article about the Senate Committee's vote here.
As you read above, Judge Barrett has one more hurdle next Monday. Of course, it's the BIGGEST hurdle.
So, if you haven't already, could we ask you to please call your U.S. senators to politely voice your support for Judge Barrett?
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Let's keep working and praying so that we can see a pro-life judge sit on the Supreme Court.
PETITION UPDATE (10/15/20)
The fourth day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is going on now.
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Conservatives and Christians asked President Trump to deliver a proven constitutional originalist with a solid pro-life background, and he did.
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Please SIGN this urgent petition - to Senate Leadership - asking them to quickly confirm Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice.
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When Amy Coney Barrett's senate confirmation hearing begins on Monday, October 12th, the mother of seven and devout Catholic is expected to face fierce opposition.
Of course, the anticipated attacks have nothing to do with Barrett's legal credentials, which are uniformly top-notch.
Instead, they have to do with her faith in Jesus and with her belief that life begins at conception.
This is nothing short of anti-Christian bigotry which cannot be tolerated.
The fact is, Amy Coney Barrett is the best candidate for the job, and she urgently needs our support.
By signing the petition, we can unite to powerfully speak with one voice. But, by calling your senators, you can ensure that they know their local constituents are concerned and interested enough to telephone their offices.
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Please SIGN this petition, and then please use the contact details below to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS right-away! Thank you!
U.S. SENATORS' CONTACT DETAILS:
SENATORS AND PHONE NUMBERS - https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
Doug Jones – (202) 224-4124
Richard C. Shelby – (202) 224-5744
Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Dan Sullivan – (202) 224-3004
Martha McSally – (202) 224-2235
Kyrsten Sinema – (202) 224-4521
John Boozman – (202) 224-4843
Tom Cotton – (202) 224-2353
Dianne Feinstein – (202) 224-3841
Kamala D. Harris – (202) 224-3553
Michael F. Bennett – (202) 224-5852
Cory Gardner – (202) 224-5941
Richard Blumenthal – (202) 224-2823
Christopher Murphy – (202) 224-4041
Thomas R. Carper – (202) 224-2441
Christopher A. Coons – (202) 224-5042
Marco Rubio – (202) 224-3041
Rick Scott – (202) 224-5274
Kelly Loeffler – (202) 224-3643
David Perdue – (202) 224-3521
Mazie K. Hirono – (202) 224-6361
Brian Schatz – (202) 224-3934
Mike Crapo – (202) 224-6142
James E. Risch – (202) 224-2752
Dick Durbin – (202) 224-2152
Tammy Duckworth – (202) 224-2854
Mike Braun – (202) 224-4814
Todd Young – (202) 224-5623
Joni Ernst – (202) 224-3254
Chuck Grassley – (202) 224-3774
Jerry Moran – (202) 224-6521
Pat Roberts – (202) 224-4744
Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541
Rand Paul – (202) 224-4343
Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824
John Kennedy – (202) 224-4623
Susan M. Collins – (202) 224-2523
Angus S. King – (202) 224-5344
Benjamin L. Cardin – (202) 224-4524
Chris Van Hollen – (202) 224-4654
Edward J. Markey – (202) 224-2742
Elizabeth Warren – (202) 224-4543
Gary C. Peters – (202) 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow – (202) 224-4822
Amy Klobuchar – (202) 224-3244
Tina Smith – (202) 224-5641
Cindy Hyde-Smith – (202) 224-5054
Roger F. Wicker – (202) 224-6253
Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721
Josh Hawley – (202) 224-6154
Steve Daines – (202) 224-2651
Jon Tester – (202) 224-2644
Deb Fischer – (202) 224-6551
Ben Sasse – (202) 224-4224
Catherine Cortez Masto – (202) 224-3542
Jacky Rosen – (202) 224-6244
Margaret Wood Hassan – (202) 224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen – (202) 224-2841
Cory A. Booker – (202) 224-3224
Robert Menendez – (202) 224-4744
Martin Heinrich – (202) 224-5521
Tom Udall – (202) 224-6621
Kirsten E. Gillibrand – (202) 224-4451
Charles E. Schumer – (202) 224-6542
Richard Burr – (202) 224-3154
Thom Tillis – (202) 224-6342
Kevin Cramer – (202) 224-2043
John Hoeven – (202) 224-2551
Sherrod Brown – (202) 224-2315
Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
James M. Inhofe – (202) 224-4721
James Lankford – (202) 224-5754
Jeff Merkley – (202) 224-3753
Ron Wyden – (202) 224-5244
Robert P. Casey, Jr. – (202) 224-6324
Patrick J. Toomey, Jr. – (202) 224-4254
Jack Reed – (202) 224-4642
Sheldon Whitehouse – (202) 224-2921
Lindsey Graham – (202) 224-5972
Tim Scott – (202) 224-6121
Mike Rounds – (202) 224-5842
John Thune – (202) 224-2321
Lamar Alexander – (202) 224-4944
Marsha Blackburn – (202) 224-3344
John Cornyn – (202) 224-2934
Ted Cruz – (202) 224-5922
Mike Lee – (202) 224-5444
Mitt Romney – (202) 224-5251
Patrick J. Leahy – (202) 224-4242
Bernard Sanders – (202) 224-5141
Tim Kaine – (202) 224-4024
Mark R. Warner – (202) 224-2023
Maria Cantwell – (202) 224-3441
Patty Murray – (202) 224-2621
Shelley Moore Capito – (202) 224-6472
Joe Manchin III – (202) 224-3954
Tammy Baldwin – (202) 224-5653
Ron Johnson – (202) 224-5323
John Barrasso – (202) 224-6441
Michael B. Enzi – (202) 224-3424
Harris’ office claimed that her decision to withhold records was made to protect the identity of the victims. Victims and their attorneys say, however, that this is a bogus explanation. “What she was saying was utter nonsense,” said Bay Area attorney Michael Meadows to the Associated Press in June 2019. “All she had to do was redact any identifying information.”
“Harris “basically put [the records] under seal so that [they] could never be released publicly,” said Schweizer in his Breitbart interview.
Harris’ predecessor, former San Francisco DA Terence Hallinan, had previously planned to publicly release these files “against the wishes of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,” Kraychik reported. Hallinan believes that the records should be released under the California Public Records Act.
“My policy was and still would be that when I received any sort of materials like that they would become public records,” said Hallinan to San Francisco Weekly in 2005. “Those are materials that should be brought out to the public.”
Schweizer said in his interview with Marlow that as DA responsible for all prosecutions in the San Francisco area, “Between 2004 and 2011, [Harris] did not prosecute a single case of priests’ sexual abuse – period.”
“To put that in the context of how stunning that is, if you look at the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States at that time, all 50 prosecuted at least one case, the sole exception being Kamala Harris in San Francisco.”
Rick Simons, attorney and court-appointed coordinator for clergy abuse cases filed in Nothern California, noted that Harris was also atypical within the California Bay area for her refusal to assist with sex abuse cases. “Of all the DAs in the Bay Area, she’s the only one who wouldn’t cooperate with us,” Simons said.
Joey Piscitelli is one of the survivors of abuse by priests within the San Francisco jurisdiction. He was molested multiple times by a priest while he attended Salesian High School.
“I just gave up on Catholicism. I gave up on God. I lost all sense of spirituality,” said Piscitelli in an exclusive interview with The Intercept, shared in June of 2019.
When Harris became San Francisco DA, Piscitelli said he wrote a letter to her asking for help or accessibility to the file of his abuser. “I didn’t get any response,” he said.
In 2010, when Harris was running for state attorney general and “highlighting her work for victims of sexual abuse,” Piscitelli wrote her a second letter “urging her to release records on accused clergy to help other alleged victims who were filing lawsuits.”
“We all know you can redact the names of the children from the documents,” he wrote. “Nobody is being fooled.”
“At about the same time, the San Francisco Weekly renewed a previous public records request for the church documents on sexual abuse.” Harris remained obstinate in her refusal to release them, continuing to claim that it was in order to protect the identities of the victims.
“It’s just a flat-out insult,” said Piscitelli.
Schweizer noted in his Breitbart interview, “Many of the law firms and lawyers who were representing the archdiocese on a variety of legal matters — including priests that had been identified as possible culprits — gave large contributions [to Harris’s political campaign]. Some of them had never given contributions to a race like this before, but they loaded up her campaign coffers.”
Harris’ campaign has since made a statement to the Associated Press insisting that she is a “staunch advocate” of sex abuse victims. She has remained silent about protests that she has helped cover up sex abuse.