Since you have never responded to any communication even though you have been in office fourteen months, I see no point in trying to communicate privately.
I am writing to make sure you are not confused.
I began a Vigil for Justice at Holy Cross which will continue until justice is achieved. If you recall, I wrote to you in January and said I was clear on why the vigil is necessary, but I am less clear on what will make it end. I began the vigil for justice because I MUST do it. I could not live with myself if I did not. I do not believe I am the only person at Holy Cross who is being harmed the way I have been harmed.
The fact I provided a proposal to you should not be confused. Holy Cross offered settlement talks, which is a time when people try to work things out. Those talks never ended, but have never moved far. As you know there was a meeting in September and your people left saying they would get back to us about mediation. There was no mediation.
So, I offered a proposal as part of settlement talks. And I had a proposal because there are experienced professional advisors in my life who could help draft the proposal. I also had about eight months of advice from a Holy Cross alum who is experienced in resolving these issues. I had a proposal at the end of all this effort, so I provided it. Your lawyer wrongly calls this extortion. Please look up the meanings of the words if you do not see the difference.
I would have done the vigil even if I did not have a proposal. And even now, as I said, I do not know what will make the vigil end. There is not a direct connection between the vigil and the proposal. I am seeking justice, and we can talk about what that means. I will probably withdraw that proposal soon, and just continue the vigil until you propose something that is reasonable.
You might be surprised who talked to me most frequently today: the fathers of daughters who were visiting the college. They asked very sharp questions about the failings of the Holy Cross administration. It was a recognition that my work is important.
But you probably won’t be surprised what we “vigilers” talked about: your retaliation, which never seems to end, and the constant breaches of my confidentiality. When I talk to the media soon, that is what I will highlight — how I am always expecting more retaliation, and how you never seem to stop betraying confidentiality promises. If the vigil lasts ten years, so will all of that crap.
I am very deeply disappointed in your behavior, but I have tried to be very measured in what I say. The strongest sign I have at the vigil about you is “Waiting for Fr. Boroughs”. I expect to have that sign for ten years. Anything short of that will surprise me.
That’s all I have to say to you today, Fr. Boroughs, and I’ve said a lot of it already. So I really need to go back to the vigil tomorrow and communicate differently. That’s the right way for now, and for awhile.
P.S. Fr. Boroughs, after writing this note to you, I made a decision and here it is addressed to you and the Board of Trustees:
After the proposal is withdrawn, the Vigil for Justice will continue for ten years.