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Publication date: 21st August 2006.
Abuse survivor uses cartoons to educate 'bewildered' faithful
A man who gave evidence in a sex abuse trial of a Catholic priest has
produced a cartoon book to help to educate people about the "everyday
dynamics of clergy predation".
As a child, the man suffered a series of indecent assaults at the
hands of John LLoyd, a former priest from the Archdiocese of Cardiff.
Writing under the pseudonym of Martin O'Shea, he is attempting to use
his experiences to unveil a "perception of scenarios" likely to occur
following a complaint of abuse.
The result is a "graphic novella" called The Least Among Us, in which
Mr O'Shea, with illustrator Tony Wright, tells the story of how a
fictional bishop tries to deal with a clerical sex scandal.
Mr O'Shea, a former altar boy, gave evidence in the 1998 trial of
Lloyd at Chester Crown Court. Lloyd, who was a former press officer for
the then Archbishop of Cardiff, John Ward, was jailed for eight years
for offences against women, boys and girls.
Mr O'Shea said he had decided to write the book because he still felt
that many churchgoers were often left confused and bewildered by cases
of clerical sexual abuse.
"In the period following Lloyd's conviction I participated in a dozen
anonymous, silhouetted and unpaid media interviews," said Mr O'Shea.
"It appeared to be an essential contribution to the growth in
awareness which was being experienced at the time by the Church, press
and public alike.
Yet cases of clergy sex abuse remain a mystery to church-goers, as
evinced by the bewilderment, strife and, more often than not, scorn
which emanates from congregations when a beloved priest or pastor
becomes accused or convicted of unimaginable offences.
"The storyline of The Least Among Us is removed from the secrecy
which would shroud the guilt or innocence of individuals involved in
real-life criminal cases."
Mr O'Shea, an animal rights activist, added that the story also
contained a sub-plot which examines "animal theology".
The Catholic Herald: (21/7/06)
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