Phil Saviano takes the Aljazeera TV crew back to his hometown of Douglas, Massachusetts for a tour of St. Denis Church. Back at home in Boston, he comments on Pope Francis’ proposed bishops’ tribunals.
2011 | AP – THE HAGUE – Victims of sexual abuse by priests took their claims yesterday to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the Pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. READ FULL ARTICLE
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO | Phil Saviano had a chance to meet the woman who gave him a kidney nine months …
JUNE 2010 | MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO – Phil Saviano had a chance to meet the woman who gave him a kidney nine months ago shortly before the two had surgery in a Boston hospital. He is spending six days in the Twin Cities with Susan Pavlak, the woman with whom he shares not only a kidney, but also a troubled past and now a friendship. READ REPORT, LISTEN TO BROADCAST
August 2009 | BOSTON GLOBE – Minnesota Woman to Donate Kidney Today After Roslindale Man Reached Out for Help From Other Victims of Clergy Abuse. Susan Pavlak steps up to keep Phil Saviano alive.
August 26, 2009 | PIONEER PRESS – Phil Saviano spent years fighting for the victims of clergy abuse, an effort spurred by his own bitter experience at the hands of a priest. Later, with Saviano’s health slipping after a long battle with AIDS, he turned for support – and a new kidney – to the very network he helped nurture. No fewer than seven clergy abuse victims answered Saviano’s appeal.
January 12, 2007 – By Rachel Martin, NPR
Five years ago this month, The Boston Globe published a series of reports exposing widespread allegations of sex abuse by clergy in Boston and efforts by the Catholic Church hierarchy to cover it up.
According to the Globe, 130 people claimed to have been sexually abused by Father John Geoghan, and church officials had known about the abuse and covered it up. The scandal triggered a chain reaction. Thousands of victims of clergy sex abuse around the country went public and filed suit, creating a scandal that rocked American Catholicism and has cost the Catholic Church more than $1 billion.
April 2005 | TELEGRAM & GAZETTE – “The second day of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI did not go well for Phil Saviano, a former East Douglas resident.”
Phil Saviano was part of a team of SNAP leaders who went to Vatican City for the 2005 Papal inauguration of Benedict XVI. Speaking to a news team from the Australian Broadcasting Company, he expresses dismay at the long history of Catholic clergy abuse, not addressed properly by recent popes.
April 5, 2005 | Phil Saviano returns to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he spent his college days in the early 1970s. He is on campus to give a speech as part of the University’s sex assault awareness and prevention program. Radio Host Bob Paquette talks to Phil about his years of public involvement in the clergy abuse issue.