Worcester Bishop Robert McManus Welcomes Only Well Wishers, but Fails to Acknowledge Clergy Abuse Victims Only Feet Away

Worcester Voice [Worcester MA]
Downloaded May 15, 2004

Under beautiful skies and warm sunshine Bishop Robert J. McManus, the fifth bishop of Worcester, was installed.

Mr. Richard Chesner, clergy abuse parental survivor who's son while an altar boy at Our Lady of Czestochowa alleges to have been sexually abused by the Rev. John Szantyr, was forced to use his vocal cords as means of communication after receiving a citation from the Worcester Police Department for using his bullhorn to express his dismay with the actions from with in the Worcester diocese towards their handing of clergy abusive priests.

Mr. Chesner's voice clearly projected the pain and anguish felt by those victimized and again re-victimized by a judicial system that failed to act and bishops who as of yet have failed to find the courage to end the nightmare.

Upon arrival to St Paul's Cathedral, Bishop designate McManus, having been driven to the front of cathedral, came joyfully over to the only people to show up and publicly welcome his arrival.

One clergy abuse victim, Skip Shea who held a sign "will you listen" was not greeted by Bishop McManus though he stood only feet away from the young child who had been holding a sign stating "welcoming Bishop McManus" to the diocese.

The "cross of shame" lists all those who have been known to abuse children from within the Worcester diocese. Additionally, District Attorney John Conte, who having been in elected office for twenty-four years, tops the cross for allowing and denying clergy sexual abuse for years judicially.


Today at St Paul's Cathedral both the Providence RI and Worcester Dioceses "Cross of Shame" will be displayed at the installation of Bishop Robert J. McManus.

Arrival will be at 1PM all those planning on attending are urged to park in the garage immediately located past the Cathedral.

The Cathedral is on the corner of High and Chatham Street right off of Main Street in downtown Worcester.


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