The legacy of Barbara Blaine (1956-2017)

In remembrance of the tenacious Barbara Blaine and her contribution to child protection, we must not look not to the past, but to the now.

More than 1,000 survivors have come forward in the last three years with civil complaints against their priest perpetrators across Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Cardinals, Bishops and Priests are presently facing charges for child sexual abuse, child porn, failure to report child sexual abuse, extortion and murder.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella of the Archdiocese of Milan fled Washington D.C. last month after the U.S. State Department notified the Holy See of possible violations of child pornography.

The child sexual abuse trial for Abbot Laurence Soper O.S.B. is scheduled for October in England.

Capuchin Franciscan Archbishop Anthony Apuron OFM Cap. has been removed from Guam and is in the midst of a secret canonical proceeding in Rome.

The Texas murder trial for former Servant of the Paraclete Fr. John B. Feit s.P. is scheduled for October.

Reverend Jacob Beltran of the Diocese of San Diego faces a trial in January 2018.

Cardinal George Pell, forced out of the Holy See, returned to Australia to face child sexual abuse charges from his home Diocese of Ballarat in 2018.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of the Archdiocese of Lyon is alleged to have failed to report to the French police his knowledge of Father Bernard Preynat. Cardinal Barbarin’s trial is scheduled for April 2018.

Thank you, Barbara. Were it not for your lifetime of work, we may never have known about these men.

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