2019-01-23 00:13:24 UTC
Hartford Archdiocese identifies 48 priests accused of sexual abuse
By Dave Altimari, Jesse Levenworth and David Owens
Harford Courant, 22 Jan 2019
Besides naming 48 priests accused of abuse, the archdiocese also
announced it had paid about $50.6 million to settle more than 140
claims of sexual abuse.
Among the priests identified Tuesday is a member of the Hall of Fame
for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, several priests
who worked as chaplains at area hospitals and two who have been arrested
on criminal charges.
The archdiocese also announced it would hire a retired state judge to
review priest personnel files in an effort, according to Archbishop
Leonard Blair, to remove the “dark cloud” that still hangs over the
“I have been a bishop now for almost 20 years and most of them have
been overshadowed by the sin and scandal of sexual abuse and its
devastating effect on the victims, survivors and their families, on
the morale of our priests and on the faith and even the practice of
the faith among the Catholic people,” Blair said in a statement released
on the church website. “The lingering unhealed wounds from past
abuse continue to cry out for further actions and answers."
David Gianfredi, now 57, who was allegedly abused by the Rev. Thomas
Glynn at St. Clare Church in East Haven, said Tuesday’s release of names
is a good first step, but those who allowed the abuse to continue
by shuttling abusers to other parishes must be held accountable.
The job of shoveling out the stables continues. There are
going to be more of these reports from around the US, and from
other countries. Apologists will undoubtedly opine that this is
"old news," and claim that it is time to "move on."
Yes, move on from belief in magical nonsense that gave this
sort of behavior cover.