For sex abuse victims in Philly, pope’s visit means a difficult week

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Becky Ianni, left, and Barbara Dorris,  outside the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia where they shared stories of sexual abuse by priests. Religion News Service photo by Taylor Nakagawa

Becky Ianni, left, and Barbara Dorris, outside the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia where they shared stories of sexual abuse by priests. Religion News Service photo by Taylor Nakagawa

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Advocacy groups took advantage of a lull in this city just before Pope Francis' arrival to take to the streets for various demonstrations -- and with very different results.

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  • Greg1

    Yes, Philadelphia has been the epicenter of infestation of the Catholic priesthood by gay pedophiles. On the bright side, the Church has been all over it, and the problem will soon be a thing of the past. So, recognition must be afforded the American Church, for taking this issue head on. It is now time for the Public School System USA, the Boy Scouts, and the many other places that have been infested in this way, to follow the pattern of success mapped out by the Catholic Church, and follow suit.