[Photo above: Lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, center, addresses the media Monday outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston the day after clergy sex abuse whistleblower and survivor Phil Saviano of Douglas died. Joining Garabedian is Terence McKiernan, left, president of BishopAccountability.org, and Skip Shea, an Uxbridge resident.]
Phil Saviano of Douglas was a hero who spoke the truth to power — a truth directed at the Roman Catholic Church, as Saviano shined a powerful spotlight on the priest sex-abuse scandal.
That was the central message delivered at a press conference held Monday morning outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to honor Saviano, one day after his death at 69.
The cause of death was gallbladder cancer, according to Saviano’s brother, Jim Saviano.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Denis Parish in Douglas, the same parish where Saviano said he was sexually abused at the age of 11 by the Rev. David Holley.