April 22, 2006

Abuse case settled; next steps important

Burlington Free Press

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2006
No amount of money can make up for a person's lost childhood.

The best that can be done is to offer some sense of justice.

Perhaps a settlement announced Wednesday between Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese and a South Burlington man will bring a sense of justice to the former altar boy. Perhaps some peace will come.

Michael Gay, now 38 and married, had brought a lawsuit against the diocese on allegations it allowed former Rev. Edward Paquette, a priest with a history of child abuse, to continue to molest altar boys in Burlington, according to a Free Press story.

"He took away something very important to me -- my childhood, my faith in God and religion," Gay was quoted as saying after the announcement of the settlement.

Posted by kshaw at April 22, 2006 06:38 AM