Sacrificed is a survivor's eye view of the Catholic sex abuse crisis that picks up where SPOTLIGHT left off, pulling no punches and with zero enabling. Hosted by survivor Chris O'Leary, Sacrificed explores his ongoing 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.