May 10, 2006

Voice for victims of clergy abuse to visit

The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal

A nationally known advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse will speak tomorrow to the Louisville chapter of Voice of the Faithful, which seeks reforms in the Catholic Church.

David Clohessy is national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barn, behind the Passionist monastery at 1924 Newburg Road.

Clohessy, who was abused by a priest as a boy, has been an advocate for victims for years. He spoke at the historic 2002 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas, where bishops adopted stricter policies on abusers amid a nationwide crisis over revelations that they had covered up abusers in their ranks.

Clohessy said in a phone interview that he will discuss "the need for continued vigilance and legislative reform."

Posted by kshaw at May 10, 2006 05:17 AM