After 'Healing Garden' unveiling, a commenter, victim speaks out

June 10, 2011

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(James Moran)
Fr. Jim Moran was sexually abused in 1970 within the Catholic Church.

In response to a story WBEZ did June 9th titled “Cardinal blesses ‘healing garden’ for sex-abuse victims,” Fr. Jim Moran, a priest who was a victim of sexual abuse, left an online comment saying the building of a garden does not make up for the sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

“We cannot heal victims by words alone,” Moran said in a phone interview. “We cannot heal victims by planting gardens. We need some solid action. A lot of that is going to have to include, unfortunately, some bishops stepping down and being embarrassed if you will. But… they deserve it. They did something absolutely wrong.”

Listen to the full audio of Moran telling the story of his sexual abuse and his thoughts about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.