Clergy Abuse Victims Meet On Boston Anniversary

Dozens of clergy sex abuse victims are gathering in Boston to mark a decade since the abuse crisis broke and devastated Roman Catholics and their church worldwide.

The conference this weekend coincides with the 10th anniversary of a Boston Globe story that began a stream of revelations about abusive priests and church leaders who failed to stop them.

An organizer said clergy sex abuse victims make up about two-thirds of the 120 people signed up for the conference at a Boston hotel.

The conference aims to encourage victims to help expose abuse, through such steps as publicly telling their stories.

Another goal is to celebrate progress in helping victims heal and forcing the church to confront abuse — even though one organizer says there are "many, many miles to go."

Victims are angered the archdiocese still hasn't released a list of all priests accused of abuse and does not track whether accused and defrocked priests have contact with children.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This program aired on January 6, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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