Abuse Victims in Phoenix Diocese Pleased by Bishop's Resignation

WSTM [Phoenix AZ]
Downloaded June 18, 2003

Phoenix-AP -- The resignation of Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien comes just two weeks after he made a deal to avoid indictment for allegedly protecting molesters within the clergy.

Abuse victims are happy to see O'Brien go, though they regret that his departure was triggered by his alleged involvement in a fatal traffic accident. He's been charged with leaving the scene.

In the legal agreement regarding molesters, O'Brien admitted protecting abusive clergy. But when the deal was made public, he denied covering up for anyone.

Abuse victim Mark Kennedy says he sees the influence of God in the bishop's resignation, calling it "a victorious day" for abuse victims and the entire diocese.

The head of the Phoenix branch of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests declared that the fatal hit-and-run accident is another example of the bishop abandoning a victim.


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