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Response to Catholic sex abuse case raises ire
Re: Ex-priest linked to abuse case, Dec. 15
We are offended by the Diocese of Vancouver’s repeated characterization that Kathleen Taylor’s abuse at the hands of Father Damian Cooper was “an inappropriate sexual relationship.”
Child sex abuse is in no way a relationship. It is exploitative, harmful, and unhealthy. Even if a victim had been adult, sexual contact with a priest – someone who is supposedly God’s envoy on earth – involves an inherent power imbalance that undermines it and prevents it from being a true relationship.
We hope that the Diocese of Vancouver will avoid using such inaccurate and hurtful language in the future.
David Clohessy Director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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