Provincetown protests Shanley

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com December 24 2002 1:00 AM ET

Victims of pedophile priests joined gay activists in Provincetown, Mass., Saturday to reject the Vatican's claim that gay priests are to blame for the sexual abuse scandal, according to The Boston Globe. They also called on the Reverend Paul Shanley, a gay priest at the center of the Boston archdiocese's sex abuse scandal, to leave town. Shanley moved to a Provincetown apartment after he posted $300,000 bail, raised by a group of his supporters, two weeks ago.

"This has to do with justice," said Steve Lewis, 45, an abuse survivor who traveled from his home in Lynn to the end of Cape Cod for the peaceful demonstration. "This has to with the rape and molestation of kids and young adults."

The group of about 30 was protesting the months-old, hotly contested word of the Vatican that sought to blame gay priests for the widespead scandal that has rocked the church, forcing Bernard Cardinal Law to resign.

"[The protest] was to show a unity with the gay community so they didn't feel
[the abuse] is a homosexual problem that has to be rooted out," said Lewis, who 10 years ago settled an abuse case for molestation by the Reverend Edward Kelley.