New England SNAP Leader Phil Saviano joins the Worcester Talk Radio Station WTAG for the Friday Evening Roundtable with hosts Bob Holtz and Bob Hokinson. The program is devoted to a wide-ranging discussion of the exploding Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, fueled by reporting of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team.
September 1997 | WTAG AM radio discussion from Worcester, MA features Phil Saviano, founder that year of the New England Chapter of SNAP, Dave Lewcon, victim of a Worcester Diocese priest Thomas Teczar and Mark Montigny, the state senator who was sponsoring new legislation to make members of the clergy mandated reporters of child abuse. This program is a good example of the fact that the concept of Catholic bishops protecting and moving child-abusing priests from church to church, diocese to diocese, and state to state was discussed and reported on years before the issue was blown wide open by the 2002 Boston Globe Spotlight report. The host references a 1997 investigative report on the history of Fr. David Holley, by the Dallas Morning News. You can read the report, written by news reporter Brooks Egerton, in the “Top stories about Fr. Holley” page of this website.