‘Too much pain’: plea for inquiry into church sex case

Sydney Morning Herald

Joanne McCarthy August 01, 2012

The family of Hunter man John Pirona says there is a fitting legacy for him after his disappearance and death last week, when he left a letter saying he was in “too much pain”.

That legacy is the truth about the Catholic church’s handling of child sex abuse issues over decades, including the 1970s when he was the victim of a paedophile priest at a Hunter school.

“I do believe John is where he is now as a result of what happened to him when he was young and at that school, and such things happened to a lot of boys,” Mr Pirona’s father Lou said.

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