|Statement of Sister
of John Doe GS
Posted by SNAP Midwest
March 13, 2006
Today is a bittersweet day. Several months ago my brother began the process of coming forward to disclose the heinous crime that had been perpetrated against him when he was a child. Despite this act of bravery, his overwhelming depression overcame his will to live. His loved ones have had to struggle with this daily as well as the immense guilt we all feel for not being able to protect him.
The acts that Father Romano perpetrated against my brother, his friends and the many other innocent young children are unspeakable. The knowledge that he is behind locked doors is the only comfort we have. But why did this take so long and why were the protectors of our faith, the very leaders of our church so insensitive to the welfare of our young catholic boys and girls? They shielded and protected, not the innocent youth but the sexual predator that they knew Father Romano was and is. They lied to their congregations when they placed these criminals in our midst and passed them off as faithful, holy men.
My family continues to participate in the Catholic faith. Obviously,
our faith has been tested and will continue to be tested in the months
to come. This is not about faith in God. This is about justice for those
who are the most vulnerable and need the protection of us all, our children.
I am hoping that the leaders of our church will not continue to ignore
the needs of all of their faithful. The abuse of the disadvantaged and
vulnerable should not be tolerated by moral men and women. Our spiritual
leaders need to inspire confidence in the faithful that they are moral
men who are not driven by power and concealment but by the needs of their
spiritual community. It is my hope that others who have suffered abuse
will be inspired to seek help. It is my hope that the families of these
victims will continue to support their loved ones as they struggle through
their feelings of isolation, guilt, self-blame, and the myriad of issues
they have. We can no longer help my brother through his own struggles
and we can only live with that knowledge as we watch his beautiful children
grow up without him. It is my hope that the leaders of the church will
acknowledge the issues within their own houses of God in an attempt to
start the healing and reconciliation we all deserve.
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