Swedish TV news reporter interviews Phil Saviano and Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Mike Rezendes about the unfolding Boston Archdiocese sex abuse crisis.
January 24, 2002 | Previously sealed documents in church civil lawsuits are released to public. This WBZ-TV Boston news report features Joe Bergantino of the stations I-Team. Once-secret trove of letters prove Boston Catholic Cardinals Madeiros and Law had long supported serial child molester Fr. John Geoghan. The archdiocese cover-up unravels as the national Catholic sex abuse crisis gains momentum.
January 2002 | TV-4 panel discussion from the early days of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s reporting features SNAP’s Phil Saviano, and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts’ Exec. Director CJ Doyle.
January 9, 2002 | In this historic footage of Cardinal Law’s first press conference in response to the Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s reports on the Fr. John Geoghan case, the Cardinal responds to evidence that he knew about Geoghan’s assaults on children, but continued to assign the predator to parishes throughout Greater Boston.
April 2001 | Compilation of Boston news broadcasts demonstrates solidarity of abuse survivors in the effort to include members of the clergy under the state’s mandated reporting law. The state’s bishops lobbied hard against the idea of requiring members of the clergy to report instances of child sexual abuse to civil authorities.
1998 | New England Cable News reports on two clergy abuse cases in the Diocese of Worcester, MA. Emphasis is given to Phil Saviano and details of how bishops in Worcester and other dioceses conspired to keep serial pedophile Fr. David Holley assigned to parishes for over two decades.
November 18, 1995 | Phil Saviano makes a public statement about settlement terms of a lawsuit he has filed against the Diocese of Worcester, MA. Although he is in precarious health and thousands of dollars in debt, he is refusing a $15,000 settlement offer because he would have to give up his right to speak about his childhood abuse experience. He asks, “What is the diocese doing about this problem besides paying people to be silent about it?
APRIL 12, 1993 | New England Cable News reports on a sex abuse lawsuit brought by Phil Saviano and three other Massachusetts victims of Worcester Diocese priest David Holley. It is believed to be the first abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church to be filed in Boston courts.
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