NH Voice of Faithful to Join City March

By Kathryn Marchocki
The Union Leader [Manchester NH]
Downloaded January 15, 2003

New Hampshire Voice of the Faithful will join Boston-based and national groups in a march outside St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester this month to support survivors of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

“This is the first public event in New Hampshire to support survivors,” said Carolyn B. Disco, press secretary for New Hampshire Voice of the Faithful, a lay reform group.

Several dozen alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests will speak at the Jan. 26 event, organizers said yesterday.

Other speakers will include the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, a Dominican priest and expert on church abuse issues; David Clohessy, national director of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and Susan Archibald, president of The LinkUp, an advocacy group for survivors of abuse.

“We welcome the opportunity to join with our brothers and sisters to bear witness to the pain of children whose voices were silenced for so long,” said Peter Flood, coordinator for New Hampshire Voice of the Faithful.

New Hampshire Voice of the Faithful is co-sponsoring the march with Coalition of Catholics and Survivors.

The “Solidarity March,” which begins at 9 a.m., will include a solemn procession outside the cathedral.

While its focus is to show support for alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse, at least one group planning to participate intends to express its “outrage” at Manchester Bishop John B. McCormack for his handling of abusive priests while he served in the Boston archdiocese.

“We want to make it a big event showing our outrage at how Bishop McCormack was involved with transferring of pedophile priests to other parishes as Cardinal Law’s right-hand man,” said Philip L. deAlbuquerque, co-founder and organizer of Speak Truth to Power (STTOP!), a Boston-based group that is calling for McCormack to resign.


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