I want to protect you and your loved ones from becoming victims of crimes by the catholic church and all abusers of human beings. I want to give survivors of sexual and physical abuse a voice to be heard all over the world. All abuse of children and adults by religious groups and by any organization or individual must be stopped. We can add our voices to a growing, worldwide community of people who want truth and justice. Please share your experiences with me and others on this blog.
Boston vigil for clergy abuse victims ends because Pope Francis protects criminals
Jane Braunsky (right) spoke to Paul Kellen after
she attended Mass on Sunday
January 2002, after the Boston Globe Spotlight Team published the first story
detailing the church’s attempt to cover up the abuse of children by priests, a
dedicated and courageous group of people started a 14 year vigil for the abused
week, in in sleet, snow, rain, and heat, members of the group were there
outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston – they never missed a week.
They protested the Catholic Church’s poor response to the clergy sexual abuse
decided that, after 14 years, the church is not going to change,” Kenneth
Scott, 76, said as he staged his final protest with five others huddled under
umbrellas. He will still support and
help the victims but will find other ways.
Harlow, a 41-year-old North Cambridge resident and survivor of clergy sexual
abuse, came Sunday to express his gratitude to the protesters, who stand
silently on the sidewalk and hold signs displaying the photos of abuse victims.
“I’m just so grateful,” he said. “They didn’t have to do this. They just care.
They’re the most amazing people you’d ever hope to meet.”
protesters decided to quit after Pope Francis praised American bishops in
September for their “courage” in dealing with the abuse scandal – causing outrage
from victims for his insensitive and cold comment. Francis supported all the bishops still
working for the church and still unpunished for their criminal cover ups of
pope’s message last fall was disheartening, discouraging, dismaying,” said Paul
Kellen, a 79-year-old from Medford, “I don’t see any hope.”
do the parishioners at the cathedral, which serves as the mother church of the
Archdiocese of Boston think about the protesters? Some shout at them, some
thank them. But too many just don’t get it:
the fact that children are still in harm’s way, pedophile priests are
still being moved from parish to parish and molesting children every day, that
bishops are still covering up for their criminal clergy, that all over the
world millions of victims lead lives that are ruined – all at the hands of a
church, of a pope, that hides behind God and does the work of the devil.
is a typical parishioner, Kim Curry, who said to the Boston Globe reporter, Michael Levenson, that she sees the protesters
after Mass and is not sure why they are demonstrating. “We’re all aware what
happened,” she said. “What is it that they want done?” How about putting all the criminal clergy and
their enabler bishops in jail!
parishioner, Jane Braunsky, said she, too, is not sure what they want. “Apologies
have been made, bishops have made them, both popes have made them, the cardinal
has certainly mentioned it during his sermons, if they had listened,” she said.
“I’m not sure what more can be done. So, if they’re Christian, they should say,
‘OK, we’ll take that as an apology and go forth and live.’”
an apology take away the memories of being raped by a “man of God”, of being
beaten and smothered into a coma by nuns – like I was? Does it bring back my
brother who committed suicide because of what they did to us. Does it take away a lifetime of disability,
of lost ability, of daily flash-backs? Does
it help other victims who became alcoholics, drug-addicts and committed
suicide? If these parishioners are
really Christians, they will demand justice for the abused and protection for
the children now being abused by a church and a pope who do nothing to stop it.
It’s time to show the Holy Cross protesters that their years of trying were not
in vain. If the church won’t do anything
to help then tell it what to do by walking away with your contributions in your
pocket – not in the church’s bank account where they will use it to bail out