Yesterday, yet another news conference with yet another lawsuit accusing yet another Catholic clergyman of abusing yet more children. Jeff Anderson, the attorney from Minnesota who represents many victims, announced on behalf of his client “Terry,” that he would be suing the Diocese of St. Cloud for abuse that occurred decades ago.
Calling in the press conference by telephone, Terry told reporters how the abuse changed him. Anyone who is not yet horrified by the costs of this systemic abuse should be, after hearing from a victim:
On Tuesday, Terry said the abuse has “affected me in every part of my life, from drug and alcoholic addiction to divorce to low self-esteem to failed relationships with my family. No spiritual life to speak of. I’m still to this day not really a believer, but I hope to be one day. I would say that incident changed me, changed everything about me, from being a nice little innocent kid to the exact opposite.“
Read the whole article by Rose French here.