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Candle Light Vigil in California
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"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein

What: A candle light vigil in San Diego bringing together survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their supporters, advocates for abused children and adults, and victims of violence. Representatives from various child abuse advocacy groups will speak, lighting extinguished candles that represent the need to shine light on this societal problem. Wednesday, September 7, 8-9 p.m..San Diego bringing together survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their supporters, advocates for abused children and adults, and victims of violence. Representatives from various child abuse advocacy groups will speak, lighting extinguished candles that represent the need to shine light on this societal problem.

When: Wednesday, September 7, 8-9 p.m..

Where: St. Joseph's Cathedral (1535 Third Avenue, San Diego 92101-3101. St. Joseph's Cathedral (1535 Third Avenue, San Diego 92101-3101. Parking available around the cathedral and across the street.)

Why:

For more than two years, despite more than 100 pending civil sex abuse lawsuits against local clerics, Bishop Robert Brom has refused to:

* make available secret personnel files that show the extent of the child sexual abuse in his diocese, and

* name all priests with proven, admitted or credible accusations against them (as some other bishops have done).

* publish names of all religious, employees and volunteers who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

The Diocese of San Diego hired Michael Hennigan (the same attorney as the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) to protect the diocese from disclosing these documents. This is the evening before the California Supreme Court will hear arguments by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to invalidate the window created by the State Legislature that allowed clergy abuse cases to be filed. San Diego hired Michael Hennigan (the same attorney as the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) to protect the diocese from disclosing these documents. This is the evening before the California Supreme Court will hear arguments by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to invalidate the window created by the State Legislature that allowed clergy abuse cases to be filed.

Outline:

8:00 p.m. Moment of silence for abuse victims of various kinds of abuse; Volunteers will name a friend or loved one who has been the victim of some kind of abuse. As each person names a victim, another volunteer will extinguish the candle. This continues until all volunteers have spoken. People with remaining lit candles are called upon to re-light the extinguished flames.

Members/ representatives of the Family Violence Sexual Abuse Institute and other advocacy groups address the gathering and commit to solidarity in ending child abuse, even if it means unmasking the horrible crime of clergy sexual abuse.

Opening for possible other speakers, law enforcement, district attorney.< br /> 8:30pm We invite all survivors and family members to come up to the podium and speak We invite all survivors and family members to come up to the podium and speak

Note: We have to keep survivors and family members speaking to 10-15 seconds each or there will not be time for everyone who wants to speak.

 

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