This hurts my heart. It’s everything that upsets me and makes me feel so torn as I sit in church every Vigil Mass. All I can say is that I am sorry, that I hope you are faring as well as possible…and that those who hurt you so grievously will be made to pay. Though nothing they did would be enough.

On the Hopi rez, where a teacher (not Catholic) molested over 150 children, some of them in laws of mine, the emotional and societal repercussions have continued for decades. We lost dozens of beautiful children to addiction and suicide. So I’m somewhat acquainted with the horror. But I cannot pretend to know it first hand. Thank you for your testimony here…

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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