‘I didn’t believe it would produce any real result’ says son of abuse victim

Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Adam contented himself with decorating a letter from his sister, Nicole (14) and putting a seal on it instead.

He didn’t write himself as he felt “cynical”, he said. “I did believe the gesture [of the pope meeting his mother] was sincere but I honestly didn’t believe it would produce any real result.”

Nicole Kane with her Mum Marie and the letter she received from the Pope. Photograph: Thomas NolanPope Francis thanks Irish teenager for supporting mother

However, following reports of the meetings Francis had with his mother and the five other abuse survivors, he now believes the pope is sincere about the abuse issue “more so than his predecessor. It seems that way. I’d like to think so”.

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