I wonder, How many guys on this site are Catholics?
*rases other hand for the brother that should be here on MS*
Sometimes I wonder how my mother can still attend a catholic church. She knows what happened to my brother. Especially with all of the information being aired in the media about how pervasive this culture of abuse is within the church, and how catholic leadership is not only negligent, but complicit in most cases! It took 10 years after my brother for the priest to get finally 'caught'. The church apparantly knew that he was being innaproprate with kids, so they moved him to another parish on the opposite coast. And then put him in charge of the youth groups. It makes me want to vomit.
A couple of years ago my mom told me how sad she was that my brothers and I don't go to mass anymore. On the outside I was stone, on the inside I flipped.
I am so very sorry to hear about your friend Robbie, I can't even begin to express the grief I feel anytime I see a story like this in the news.
As I try and put the fractured pieces of my memory back together, I'm trying to paint a complete picture for myself, and I'm trying to find the name and picture of the priest that hurt my brother. I know that I knew him well (being an altar boy and all) and I used to know his name but have forgotten. I could just ask my brother or mother, but that would be the beginning of a pair of conversations that I'm not sure I'm ready to have. I found http://www.bishop-accountability.org/member/psearch.jsp
but I'm unable to find him, does anyone know of any other resources out there that might help me track him down? I know they moved him a few times so I can't just do a search by diocese.