Pope Francis’ U.S. visit spawns anxiety in clergy abuse victims / the Boston Globe

The news earlier this year that Pope Francis was coming to America hit Robert Costello “like a punch in the gut,” and as a survivor of clergy sexual abuse in the 1960s and ’70s, he is dreading the coming tsunami of media coverage of the papal visit.

“It has started already. At his job at Target, the pope’s face looks out from publications stacked in the magazine rack. ‘I have to stare at them at work,’ he said in a Globe interview. ‘It’s unsettling.’

“For many survivors, the hype around Francis’ visit feels misplaced, for they believe the pope has not done enough to bring transparency to the church and accountability to abusers and those who sheltered them.”

By Mark Arsenault, The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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