In the original presentation I followed the basic format suggested for speakers at Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step meetings: What is was like before. What Happened. What it is like now. I have revised the original and expanded it to article length and have retained to this format.
The Vicar General of Lafayette, Msgr. Alex Larroque, had written Archbishop Pio Laghi, the papal nuncio, to inform him of the settlement with the six families. The letter explained that Fr. Gauthe had abused the little boys but that he was now in counselling and that the families were bound by confidentiality so there was really nothing to worry about. It was all under control.
The NCCB leadership was presented with copies of the Manual. We had no specific recommendation for them but hoped that they would take it seriously and make it available to bishops who possibly would have wanted to use it as a resource. The conference leadership was obviously threatened by the fact that we had taken a proactive approach which was supported by the Nunciature. They not only showed no interest in even looking at the manual but claimed that there was nothing in it they did not already know.
In Milwaukee the archbishop paid out millions of the people’s dollars to prolong a vicious bankruptcy process for over four years. His intent was to disqualify every victim who had brought a claim, including many of the deaf men abused at St. John’s School. He began the process four years ago by welcoming the victims and asking them to come forward so they could be helped. Instead they were again traumatized and beaten down. The thin excuse was that it was all part of the legal process.