RNS reported on a Service of Lament in a diocese where I once served. If we had still lived there, I would have asked the young miss to go with me. A few of her classmates were among those victimized.
Now the long hard work of healing and rebuilding trust begins.
One survivor of abuse who attended the service said, “I was tore up all over again, but I felt it was handled very well.”
This survivor, who has spoken directly with the bishop over coffee, feels Johnston is genuine and willing to listen.
“He gets it,” the survivor said. “I thought he did a noble job.”