November 09, 2005

Nun ‘called’ to support reforms of abuse laws

Toledo Blade


Her childhood memories come in excruciating flashes.

In one, she is 6. It is noon recess. She wears pigtails, a school uniform, and the pain of the rape minutes earlier.

In another, she is 9. Her abuser — a priest, she said — hands her an oatmeal cookie. She is a “good girl” that day, he tells her.

Now, more than three decades later, Sister Ann-Marie Borgess is a longtime nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame in West Toledo. She was a teacher at Ladyfield Catholic School until it closed earlier this year.

So when she takes the microphone today at a news conference planned by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, she becomes an unlikely ally for victims of clergy abuse — a voice from within the church’s walls.

Posted by kshaw at November 9, 2005 09:33 AM