October 22, 2005

Leaders of diocese given tickets to film

Toledo Blade


Tony Comes wants more than an apology from the Catholic Diocese of Toledo. He wants leaders to understand exactly why they need to apologize.

That, he said, can only be done if they view the pain caused by sexually abusive priests through the eyes of a victim.

Twist of Faith, the Oscar-nominated documentary about Mr. Comes' allegations that he was sexually molested by a priest while a student at Central Catholic High School, will be shown at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow at the University of Toledo's Doermann Theater.

Yesterday, Mr. Comes and Claudia Vercellotti, a local coordinator of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, hand-delivered 10 tickets for top diocese officials.

"This is my name, my face on these posters, but it could be a number of thousands nationwide," said Mr. Comes, a Toledo firefighter. "I want [Catholic leaders] to go ahead and see this through my eyes, through the community's eyes."

Posted by kshaw at October 22, 2005 09:59 AM