Mother of Boy Allegedly Abused by Woodburn Priest Says She's Proud of Her Son

The Oregonian
August 20, 2012

The mother of the 12-year-old boy who bolted from the home where he was allegedly abused by his parish priest told the Statesman-Journal she is proud of her son.

The Salem newspaper interviewed the woman last week. She said she taught her children what to do if they were ever touched inappropriately.

“She taught all of us what’s right and what’s wrong and to tell her if something happened,” said the boy’s brother, who translated for his mother.

The mother said she was shocked by the alleged incident and is proud of her son.

“We’re really heartbroken about what has happened,” the woman said. “It hurts that he was a leader of the Catholic Church ... but it hasn’t affected my faith.”








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