Michigan man reaches compromise with diocese over his mother's controversial gravestone epitaph referencing church sex crimes
Associated Press, as it appeared in The Daily Mail
December 30, 2017
|Marguerite Ridgeway's gravestone has an epitaph that reads: 'She supported priest sexual abuse victims' |
|The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois initially rejected the epitaph because it used the word 'rapist' in place of 'sexual abuse'. The church considered the word 'graphic, offensive and shocking to the senses' |
|Ruhl (left) told the Chicago Tribune: 'I thoughtfully and specifically chose those words because my mother was never one to candy-coat the truth or mince words' |
Jack Ruhl of Michigan wanted to install a gravestone on his mother Marguerite Ridgeway's grave in Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, Illinois
He wanted her epitaph to read: 'She supported priest rapist victims;' the Roman Catholic Diocese did not agree to the use of the word 'rapist'
A compromise was reached for the gravestone which was installed December 22
It now reads: 'She supported priest sexual abuse victims'
Ridgeway had been a devout Catholic before she became disillusioned with the church over its handling of its sex abuse scandal