Abuse Victim Hopes to Meet Pope

By Elizabeth Braun and Jay Sorgi
April 17, 2008

"I'd like to see the Pope."

That's the hope a man from Milwaukee has in meeting with Pope Benedict XVI about his experience with clergy abuse.

John Pilmaier says he was assaulted by former priest David Hanser.

Pope Benedict XVI.

"The priest came to the room and asked for a volunteer to help him," said Pilmaier. "The teacher sent me out with him, and he took me to the rectory and sexually assaulted me."

Pilmaier says he's written letters to the Vatican in hopes he'd be able to meet with the Pope.

He's never heard anything back.

"I've written numerous letters to the Vatican, the Papal Nuncio, and I don't even get an acknowledgment that I've requested this," states Pilmaier.

"They continually say they want to move on, and in order to move on, it's a matter of providing justice to every single survivor."

Pilmaier will meet with abuse survivors today in New York City.


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