February 08, 2005

Statement of the Archdiocese of Boston Regarding Verdict in Case Against Paul R. Shanley

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Archdiocese of Boston made the
following statement regarding today's verdict in the trial of former priest
Paul R. Shanley:
"Survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their family and friends have endured
much suffering as a result of the depraved violations of human dignity
perpetrated on them as children and teenagers. These sufferings are
profoundly personal and damaging to both the psyche and the soul.
For many, the trial and testimony brought the intensity of these
sufferings to the surface. It is important for the Archdiocese of Boston, in
this moment, to again apologize for the crimes and harm perpetrated against
children by priests who held the trust and esteem of families and the
community. Survivors and families who bear the wounds of these shameful acts
are held with great tenderness in our prayers.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2005 12:28 PM