||For one accuser,
penalty can't heal wound
By Kevin Rothstein
February 9, 2005
Arthur Austin says he was abused by child molester Paul Shanley more than
30 years ago, but he doesn't think a jail sentence will heal the ex-priest's
``There's a lot of Shanley victims out there, and some of them still can't
leave their house,'' the Braintree man said. ``People are going to live
with this forever.''
Austin, now 56, was a confused 20-year-old when Shanley allegedly began
abusing him in a cabin in the Blue Hills. Now there is no apology or jail
sentence that is strong enough to appease him.
``He should be put away for whatever remains of his really miserable life,''
Austin hasn't attended any of the court hearings, but if he were to address
the court at sentencing he would remind the judge that the bishops and
Bernard Cardinal Law who helped Shanley stay in the ministry are ``co-conspirators.''
Shanley faces up to life in prison. But Austin, who took part in a settlement
with the Archdiocese of Boston for the abuse he allegedly suffered, isn't
expecting any apologies from the priest who was caught advocating sex
between men and boys.
``I don't think Paul Shanley thinks he has done anything wrong,'' he said.
``Paul Shanley told me to my face that it is children who seduce adults.''
He added, ``If he said `I'm sorry,' I would be able to fill in the blank,
which is to say: `I'm sorry I got caught.' I don't think he's capable
of feeling sorry for anyone but himself. This is a very bad guy.''