May 11, 2006

Victim fears complacency in church over sex abuse

Lexington Herald-Leader

By Brett Barrouquere
LOUISVILLE - David Clohessy is worried about "creeping complacency" by the Catholic Church in dealing with sex abuse allegations.

"The church wants us to believe its all ancient history," said Clohessy, head of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "It's not, not at all."

So, Clohessy, of Chicago, is planning a "pilgrimage" to Louisville today, with stops at various churches around the city where documented cases of sexual abuse took place. After touring the city, Clohessy said, he'll head to the Bardstown area to visit parishes where priests who molested children were later moved.

"We're going to go down and around to some places where prominent abusive priests worked," Clohessy said.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Cecilia Price said the church is aware of Clohessy's visit.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2006 06:59 AM