March 03, 2006

Priest who warned of abuse crisis to talk

Arizona Daily Star

By Stephanie Innes
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.03.2006

The Dominican priest who authored a now-famous warning during the 1980s that the U.S. Catholic Church would face a crisis surrounding the sexual abuse of children by priests will be in Tucson for a public talk this weekend.
The Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, once a canon lawyer for the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., in 1985 authored a confidential report on the church's sex-abuse problem. The report resurfaced in 2002 amid a national crisis over priests sexually abusing children.
Doyle will talk about "What the Clergy Abuse Phenomenon Is Trying to Tell Us" at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road, near East Fifth Street, on Saturday.
"He was a whistle-blower who was marginalized and he's now the No. 1 advocate for victims and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy," said Frank Douglas of the local chapter of Voice of the Faithful, which is sponsoring the talk. Voice of the Faithful is a national lay Catholic group that formed in the wake of the national sex-abuse crisis that erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002.

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