Massachusetts Man to Lead Clergy Abuse Victims Rally Outside Vatican on Halloween

Bernie McDaid, a man from Massachusetts, will be leading a rally outside the Vatican on Halloween. McDaid, who was an altar boy in his youth, joined a lawsuit against Cardinal Bernard Law and other officials of the Catholic Church in 2002. The suit alleged that McDaid and a number of other altar boys at St. James Church in Salem had been abused by the late Rev. Joseph Birmingham, a serial pedophile, in the late 1960s.

McDaid and Gary Bergeron, co-organizers of the rally, chose October 31st “because of its powerful symbolism: It is the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Germany, an event that helped trigger the Protestant Reformation.”

Victims from the United States, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and other countries plan to gather for the rally in Rome for their own “Reformation Day.” The group of victims will hold a moment of silence this evening at 6:30 and will proclaim this the “Year of the Survivor.” The group’s intent is “to send a message of unity, hope and the need for change within the Catholic Church.”

– Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Source: The Salem News

9 thoughts on “Massachusetts Man to Lead Clergy Abuse Victims Rally Outside Vatican on Halloween”

  1. What good use to put Halloween to. I hope they have a huge crowd from all over the world.

  2. How many people will fit into Vatican Square, again? They may need a bigger boat.

    Oh, and cue the outpouring of Christian love sure to droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon these protesters from the Papists, who will no doubt be the only Real Right True Catholics deserving of a voice on the issue./snark

  3. Bravo Bravo!

    Tell them, God made you do it Bernie.
    Oh snap, they probably won’t know what
    you’re talking about.

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