The Forgotten

The American military has an honorable idea to leave no man behind. I kinda like that idea; don’t you? But what does that have to do with my blog? Great question, Matt!

I’ll tell you what it has to do with my blog. I know that the priest that molested me, molested others before me, and I know that he molested others after me. What I don’t know is how many. But that number could very likely be in the hundreds given his long tenure as a priest where for most of it he had unlimited access. What about them?

Dioceses are beginning to release the names of priests credibly accused of sexaul assault. But this priest belongs to the Salesian Order of priests. His name may slip through the cracks. He is identified on the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) website.

Am I alone in thinking that the victims need to know that they are not alone? And if I’m not alone, what can I do to reach out to them so that they can have some hope of having some kind of healing?

What can I do? How do I reach them? I have his service record and concrete proof that he molested me and that he molested others.

I don’t know what to do.

Pope Francis, I appeal you to meet the needs of survivors of clergy sexual abuse by making reparations commensurate with the damage, emotional or otherwise, caused to survivors. I have ideas on how to do this. If you can’t do this, then I respectfully ask, on behalf of the Church, you to stop receiving communion until such time that the Church does. Because until the Church does, it will not be in communion with the saints. Sincere contrition is meaningless without reparations in kind. Demonstrate to the world that the Catholic Church is catholic; that is, the Church Jesus established with Peter as the rock, the first pope; that the Church practices what it preaches.

Thanks for reading.

Wishing you much love and peace,


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It has been great to meet and talk with you Matt… I look forward to reading long or short versions of any topic, story, thoughts or emotions you touch on.. I hope they help other survivors in their healing journey.. I know talking about it helps me.. be well !

Fellow survivor Mike

The other day I shared a story on FB about losing two teeth in an accident, and someone said everything isn’t everyone’s business. I said, it was a burden and shame I was holding onto and I no longer wanted to carry it. God told me to turn over my burdens and turn them into … Continue reading Tamirra H.

Tamirra H.

In reaching out to others, you are Christ’s hands. It takes courage and broad shoulders. I will continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guide those open hands into a thriving ministry…Don’t let yourself fail prey to discouragement. It may be your calling. God bless you!

Kathy H.

4 thoughts on “The Forgotten

  1. Big media probably won’t talk to you for a number of reasons, but smaller Catholic outlets may and they have a much bigger reach than you’d expect. Since the past “summer of shame”, these guys are getting the word out on the abuse scandals, and decades long shenanigans going on within the Church. Try reaching out to Dr Taylor Marshall and co-host Tim Gordon via Facebook or twitter; they do a podcast 3 x week, The Taylor Marshall show. Also, go to Church Militant news website and they have a way you can contact them. Keep pressing these guys for coverage and they can give you a boost to reach a wider audience

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