May 19, 2005

Local victim in film about sexual abuse



MENDHAM TWP – A former township man who has become a leading figure in the fight to stop sexual abuse by clergy members is featured in an award-winning documentary to be shown tonight.

The former township man, Mark Seranno, 41, was sexually assaulted as a nine-year-old child by James Hanley, the former pastor at St. Joseph Church in Mendham who has since surrendered his clerical collar.

Serrano now lives in Virginia and will be featured in the documentary entitled “Holy Water-Gate: Abuse Cover-up in the Catholic Church,” which will premiere at 10 p.m., today, Thursday, on Showtime Network.

The 56-minute documentary examines the priest’s sexual abuse scandal and the cover-up of the abuse by clergy.

It is a companion program to Showtime’s original picture, “Our Father,” starring Christopher Plummer and Ted Danson.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2005 01:31 PM