By Chris O'Leary
Sacrificed is a survivor's eye view of the Catholic sex abuse crisis that picks up where SPOTLIGHT left off, answering the question, "And then what happened?" Hosted by survivor Chris O'Leary, Sacrificed explores his efforts to get help from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Catholic Church, and the Pope. Efforts that, despite the PA grand jury report and VOS ESTIS, proved fruitless. It's a story many Catholics won't want to hear, but must be told. Because, if the Catholic Church can do what it's done to survivors, what else can it justify doing? Rationalize? To innocent children most of all.
Angry Catholic Show 4.2.22
13. My GREAT, basically PERFECT conversation with Kris and Paul from the Angry Catholic Show podcast On April 2, 2022. The content and topic are so important, and the episode has been so well received, that I've decided to simply re-run it on my podcast. We start off talking about Bishop Stika and Knoxville and then broaden out to a discussion of the more general problems with certain bishops, and the hierarchy, of the Catholic Church, and why so LITTLE has changed in not just 20 but 40 years.
April 04, 2022
Stika, The Seminarian & SLU
12. The Catholic Church wants you to believe it is Contrite and things have Changed. However, the actions of Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville, the case of The Seminarian, and the the cross state and diocese collusion of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Louis University (SLU) with Stika and Knoxville calls all that into question.
March 28, 2022
The Way OUT is THRU
11. The way out of the crisis is NOT to avoid the problems in the Catholic Church, but to confront them. That starts with the bishops, who refuse to change.
November 13, 2021
Stika, Predation & Change
10. What's changed? Very little in terms of predation, and the tolerance of it, as is made clear by cases of seminarians tied to both Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville and Pope Francis himself.
August 08, 2021
Fr. Mark Talk Combined +Q&A
Fr. Mark White Talk (Combined) with Question and Answer Session In late June 2021, I gave two talks about the Catholic sex abuse crisis, and its aftermath, to supporters of Fr. Mark White, a Catholic priest who is an outspoken advocate for survivors, and it being run out of the priesthood for it. This is a combined version of those talks. It also takes into account some of the reflections that hit me on my drive back to St. Louis. After the combined talk, I spend a good amount of time addressing and answering some of the questions that came up, both ones I was and wasn't able to answer in my two talks in Virginia.
July 16, 2021
Fr. Mark White Interview
Catholic sex abuse survivor Chris O'Leary interviews Fr. Mark White, a Catholic priest from Virginia who is to survivors what Fr. James Martin is to LGBT Catholics, and who is being run out of the Catholic Church as a result.
July 12, 2021
Fr. Mark Talk II June 28, 2021
On June 28, 2021, in Martinsville, VA, I gave the SECOND of two talks to a group of concerned Catholics and supporters of Fr. Mark White -- a Catholic priest who is to survivor Catholics what Fr. James Martin, SJ, is to LGBT Catholics -- whose bishop has petitioned the Vatican to expel him from the priesthood because of it.
July 04, 2021
Fr. Mark Talk I June 27, 2021
On June 27, 2021, in Martinsville, VA, I gave the first of two talks to a group of concerned Catholics and supporters of Fr. Mark White -- a Catholic priest who is to survivor Catholics what Fr. James Martin, SJ, is to LGBT Catholics -- whose bishop has petitioned the Vatican to expel him from the priesthood because of it.
July 02, 2021
My Friend the Cardinal
6. Why aren't things getting better for survivors? Actually. Because Abuse Profiteers are running the Catholic Church. Men like my friend the cardinal, a man I've known since I was a third grader at the Church of the Immacolata in St. Louis, where he saw, and turned a blind eye to, at least some of my and our sexual exploitation and abuse by Father LeRoy Valentine in the late 1970s. And then did worse as a bishop.
June 16, 2021
What's the Big Deal I
9. What's the big deal? About abuse? And having been abused? What it does to your family, as much as what it does to you.
June 10, 2021
The lie is that they didn't know, laid bare by the fact that, by the 1970s, the Archdiocese of St. Louis had in place a program -- The Program -- to manage and only God knows what else known abusers, including my abuser, Fr. LeRoy Valentine.
May 18, 2021
8. It wasn't just bad luck. Rather, we were sacrificed. By people we loved. And who I thought loved us. That's the only conclusion I can draw from the evidence. But why? How can one human being do that to another?
May 07, 2021
The Smoking Gun
7. I found it in late January 2020. The document that proves that it didn't just happen. Rather, we were sacrificed.
May 02, 2021
Survivor Q&A April 18, 2021
Repressed Memory, the Timeline, and My Parents are topics I address in my Catholic Survivor Q&A, a bonus episode which is an interview I did with a listener of my podcast, Sacrificed.
April 18, 2021
Abuse of the Abused
5. I was sexually exploited, abused, and assaulted — raped — by a priest. Then things got REALLY bad.
March 28, 2021
What Happened II
4. What happened? Exactly? Specifically? This is the second of two episodes that go into what happened to me when I was a kid. I tell my store in as much detail as I can, while skipping over the most graphic stuff.
March 21, 2021
What Happened I
3. What happened? Exactly? Specifically? This is the first of two episodes that go into what happened to me when I was a kid. I tell my store in as much detail as I can, while skipping over the most graphic stuff.
March 14, 2021
2. "This nightmare," is how Fr. Tom Doyle referred to the events leading up to the movie SPOTLIGHT. Events that, for survivors at least, are FAR from over. The Pennsylvania grand jury report of August 2018 led to a flurry of actions by the Catholic Church and (arch)dioceses in the United States, as they tried to make it clear that things were different. Promises belied by the events of the 2018 Mass of Reparation, and encapsulated in the cover art for the Sacrificed podcast, and which make clear the reality for and plight of survivors of the Catholic sex abuse crisis. Still. Despite SPOTLIGHT, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, VOS ESTIS, and everything. Which makes the problem clear. If the Catholic Church can do this survivors, what else can it justify? Rationalize? When it comes to children most of all?
February 08, 2021
SPOTLIGHT & Me & Since
1. The movie SPOTLIGHT did an excellent job of laying out the basics of the Catholic sex abuse crisis, but what happened next? To the survivors? Whose lives were, at best, turned upside down by the revelations.
January 30, 2021
SPOTLIGHT wasn't the end of the story. The Catholic sex abuse crisis and what happened, both then and now, raises a number of critical questions, starting with the biggest one; if the Catholic Church can do what it's done to survivors, as children and adults, then what else can it justify doing? Rationalize? To children, most of all.
January 16, 2021