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    Thursday, June 20, 2024

    Quiet no more

    In this file photo, John Waddington, of Groton, and Tim McGuire, of New London, hold signs during an All Survivors Day rally at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Sunday, November 3, 2019. The second annual event organized by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests also held rallies at two other locations in Connecticut. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Tim McGuire was a curious young boy who wondered what his brother and friends did as altar boys during mass at their local Catholic Church. As a teenager, John Waddington was invited to join a youth group at a local church. These events led to life-changing experiences when they were both abused by priests. The burden of this secret haunted them for years until they finally found the courage to come forward as adults and confront the church. Their stories highlight the heartbreaking cost of the abuse and the church's denial and obfuscation of these horrendous crimes. Now, John, Tim, and others who have suffered must wait for the outcome of a bankruptcy case to determine if they will receive any resolution.

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