One of the peculiar things that the college general counsel said about me (to someone else) is I have a “negative history” with Holy Cross.
I guess with the Holy Cross administration you have to market yourself, because there are things they will just never figure out on their own.
Several years ago, I met someone who talked about sexual abuse by a Jesuit at Holy Cross when this person was a child. As a child at the time of the abuse, this adult victim had partial information: the name of the perpetrator and the fact he was in a religious order, but not sure which one. The abusive priest helped out in their parish.
I wonder about the Spirit in the world and how I connected with this other victim. We followed up on the phone. I said I had doubts the right priest was identified, and this victim THANKED me for helping this way. We talked about details we both knew. It was about getting it right. I have NEVER met a victim who wanted to blame the wrong priest. So I summed up what I thought showed this was the wrong priest, and offered suggestions on finding the correct one.
A couple years ago I stumbled on something in the news. A priest was arrested for sexual abuse, and he had the same name the victim had given me a few years earlier — but he went by his middle and last name, not his first. The name he used — middle and last names — was the same as the Jesuit at Holy Cross. He was in a different religious order.
I had stepped up and helped work this out because I had facts the victim was looking at the wrong priest, a Jesuit at Holy Cross. I did that because it was the right thing to do. And I helped this victim find more information about identifying the correct priest, which happened.
But here is an ignorant Holy Cross administration asserting I have a “negative history” with Holy Cross. They have their heads in the sand and seem to want to be stupid.