May 04, 2005

Film on clergy sex abuse stokes anger of victims

Boston Herald

By Marie Szaniszlo
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - Updated: 04:51 AM EST

Nearly four decades after Christine Hickey was raped by her parish priest, the hardest part of watching ``Our Fathers,'' Showtime's new film about the Boston clergy sexual-abuse crisis, was not the fleeting scenes of molestation.

In the end, it was thought that the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church cared more about its fellow priests than it did about children that she could not forget.

``None of it was new to me, but it's still hard to fathom,'' the 48-year-old Cambridge woman said after last night's screening at Quincy Market. ``They put the brotherhood ahead of the children. I guess I just have to accept that.''

Bernie McDaid, one of the victims whose civil suit led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, fears that the scandal may be viewed as a thing of the past.

Posted by kshaw at May 4, 2005 07:47 AM