The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, MA has launched a legal attack against the leading support group for victims of clergy abuse. The diocese has issued a subpoena to Regional Director Phil Saviano for the chapter’s confidential records and commanded him to testify on behalf of the Bishop of Worcester in a civil suit. READ STATEMENT ON PDF
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October 28, 2015 | CRUX – Remember the famous line in “Jaws” when Chief Brody first sees the monster shark and says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”? Phil Saviano remembers a similar line when he first told Boston Globe reporters there weren’t just one or two priests molesting a handful of children. Saviano knew of nearly 30 priests, if not more, with dozens of victims.
October 11, 2015 | NEW TORK TIMES — They have been whipsawed by the web and left jobless by the thousands in round after round of layoffs and early retirements. Their public standing just barely rises above that of lobbyists and telemarketers. But against all odds, the hottest heroes in Hollywood — at least in this early stage of the Oscar hunt — are a bunch of scruffy, middle-aged newspaper journalists. READ STORY
The 1995 civil-suit settlement agreement issued by lawyers for the Worcester Diocese to abuse victim Phil Saviano. Note the strict terms of confidentiality, which Saviano refused to agree to. READ DOCUMENT ON PDF
Also see related Boston Globe news story, “He Refuses To Be Silent” : READ STORY ON PDF
October 2015 | SNAP New England leader talks with UK reporter about his childhood abuse, how having AIDS in 1992 freed him up to find the courage to go public with his story of abuse, and also how he feels about having actor Neal Huff portray him in the Spotlight movie.
Dear Chairman Kline — Tomorrow, you will have an opportunity to send an important message to people across the United States. It’s a diverse group, made up of tens of thousands of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, nuns, brothers, and bishops.READ FULL ARTICLE
SANTA FE— Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday removed the executive director of the State Adult Parole Board for failing to notify victims of a parole hearing for sex-offender priest David Holley. READ FULL ARTICLE
The state Parole Board has rejected parole for David Holley, the one-time Alamogordo priest who was convicted of sex offenses. READ FULL ARTICLE
WORCESTER, MA – The Rev. David A. Holley, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester serving a maximum 275-year jail term in New Mexico for molesting boys in that state, is still in prison although the state parole board agreed to release him in May. READ FULL ARTICLE