Fr. Boroughs Violates Many Holy Cross Policies/Update

I wrote to Fr. Boroughs five days ago because a Holy Cross policy states peaceful protests should not be interfered with.

When I began my Vigil for Justice, the Office of the President delivered a “no trespass” letter.  This not only interfered with the protest, it stopped me from doing or attending anything at Holy Cross, despite many invitations every year as an alum.   I could not attend Fr. Brooks’ funeral for example — and I had even contacted Fr Boroughs about this, wanting to attend the funeral.  He ignored me completely.

Five days ago I wrote this letter to Fr. Boroughs:

Dear Fr. Boroughs,

College of the Holy Cross written policy states that peaceful protests should not be interfered with.

College officials described my protests — the Vigil for Justice and the hunger strike — as peaceful.  They said so publicly, in writing.

The “no trespass” letter dated March 2012, which Public Safety said originated in your office, violates campus policies.

For fourteen months, you have violated college policies.   I have spoken with Worcester area alums whose protests have not been handled in the poor way you have handled mine.  As you know, this protest concerns issues of clergy sexual abuse reporting and complaints of confidentiality breaches, and it has always been peaceful.

Please rescind your “no trespass” letter and apologize immediately.

An alum

Fr. Boroughs has not responded at all to this letter.   His failure to respond about this problem is totally consistent with his failure to address many acts of retaliation.

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2 Responses to Fr. Boroughs Violates Many Holy Cross Policies/Update

  1. It is really a gift knowing Kate has the determination to address clergy abuse at the College of Holy Cross! Her being abused by clergy, Will leave horrific scars on her for the rest of her life. It is only just, fair, and suitable for the College of Holy Cross to truly hear her pain, and to compensate her for damages. Not to allow a student or an alumni to attend a funeral, is truly truly callous and disheartening. I would think that a funeral situation of someone well regarded, that there would be only due respect for the deceased. The fact an aluminum would wish to attend, and with that alumni being a clergy abuse victim, it seems to me that the Jesuit’s embarrassment (of the criminal activity the order played in the abuse of Kate) is more than obviously the reason she was not permitted to attend.

    It is totally a lack of Catholic faith to not allow a friend or student of the deceased, to attend a funeral. In all due respect, she should have been permitted to attend, for the only danger is that of the criminal actions of a perpetrating Jesuit priest. Maybe by allowing an alum and a Jesuit abuse victim attend, there would have been greater opportunity for a better healing process for Kate as well as a lovely memory of a dedicated and loved Jesuit.

    If the Jesuits feel they can abuse a women in the deepest part of her soul, then is a funeral any more sacred than that? I would think the Jesuits would welcome a victim of clergy abuse to a funeral, for nothing is more deeply disturbing than soul-murder or clergy sexual abuse,,,,,The pain she suffers might be as much a vulnerable reality, as that suffering and vulnerability some of the Jesuits and family members of the deceased may be feeling.

    I think a clergy abuse VICTIM’S attendance would bring union and harmony in the faith’s deepest sight and reality. Maybe the Jesuits just need to accept their own humanity, feelings, consciences, and responsibilities in a healthy exemplary form and manner. This seems to be a better and more healthy solution to this matter, for there is such glory in “”growth”” for all involved, if the Jesuits would just be who they are,,,,””real like everyone else.

    Life is so short,,,no religious order should cut the days shorter with pain they cause to their victims and to themselves.

  2. Barbara, this was beautiful. Thank you for writing it.

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