Persecuted Priest’s Letter to Pope Francis

Your Holiness:

This letter to you is long overdue. In August 2018, I wrote you a letter to address the sexual predation crisis that is destroying our Church. As cited in my letter of Aug. 28, 2018, I myself am the victim of a homosexual priest predator. Father Lawrence Cozzi abused me 40 years ago this month. Father Cozzi also abused other young men in the course of his priesthood, as verified with other victims of his predation.

Father Cozzi has long since died, but his evil legacy endures in victims like me, who carry the scars we suffered from the wounds he inflicted upon us. In my case, I was forcibly sodomized by this man. This information was documented and forwarded to you personally in a letter four years ago. A copy of this letter was also mailed to our U.S. papal nuncio, Christophe Pierre.

I never received a response from you, our pope. Nor, for that matter, did I receive a response from our U.S. papal nuncio — despite my being a validly ordained priest who has worked for decades administering the sacraments of the Church.

I can live as a victim of clerical sexual predation without a direct response by you as our Holy Father, but what I can no longer endure is the complacency of our bishops, who are charged with fixing the problem but do nothing more than pay it lip service while neglecting to act.

Clerical sexual predation must be ended, once and for all.

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