Boston Clergy Abuse Survivors Speak Out

Pope Francis departs from the Vatican on June 30, 2014. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Pope Francis departs the Vatican June 30. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

A day after Pope Francis met with victims of clerical sex abuse, Boston-area Catholics who were abused by priests are responding and speaking out.

Monday morning, Pope Francis met with six victims and begged them for forgiveness. He repeated a pledge of zero tolerance, and said bishops who did not protect children from abuse would be held accountable. Survivors of abuse in the Boston area called the Pope’s words a positive step, but said they want to see meaningful action.


Ann Hagan Webb, Rhode Island coordinator for the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests and licensed psychologist. She tweets @AnnHaganWebb.


Radio Boston: Pope Meets With Clergy Abuse Survivors

  • “Before the one-on-one meetings, the Pope held a Mass in Vatican City early Monday morning. In his homily, he begged for forgiveness ‘for the sins of omission’ by church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse.”

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