Phil Saviano, a longtime campaigner for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and a key source for Boston GlobePulitzer Prize-winning reports on church cover-ups, dead sunday at his brother’s home in Douglas, Massachusetts. He was 69 years old. In October, Saviano revealed that doctors could no longer treat him for gallbladder cancer and that he was starting cell care.
Saviano was 40 years old when He went public with his sexual abuse for the first time, at the age of 11, by the vicar at Saint Denis Church in East Douglas. He had read in the newspaper that his abuser, former priest David Holley, had been found guilty of sexually abusing eight boys in New Mexico, and his recounting of his own abuse to Globe in 1992, he became one of the first survivors to return. Holley died in prison in 2008 while serving a 275-year sentence.
In 1991, Saviano became seriously ill with AIDS. “If I hadn’t died of AIDS, I wouldn’t have had the courage to move on,” he said Globe in 2009. Saviano also said that he believes the Diocese of Worcester agreed to a financial settlement in 1995 without a confidentiality agreement simply because no one expected him to live.
But a new HIV/AIDS treatment restored Saviano’s health, he founded the New England chapter of the Survivors of Priests Abuse (SNAP) Network in 1997, and put her research on abusive priests Globe in 1998. Events Globe passed by that point, but in 2002, Globe The Spotlight team told the story and rocked the Catholic Church, led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston and within a few years, changed the way the Catholic Church in the United States handled sexual abuse cases.
Saviano is portrayed by actor Neal Huff in the 2015 film Spark, and in 2019 he attended a Vatican summit on sexual abuse convened by Pope Francis. “My gift to the world is not being afraid to speak out” Saviano said to Related press in a short mid-November phone interview.
Saviano has a degree in zoology and later a master’s in communications, and he worked in public relations for a Boston hospital before moving into entertainment, running a concert production company. music from 1982 to 1991.
Describing himself as a “recovering Catholic”, Saviano says he has lost his religious faith and considers himself an agnostic. He is survived by three brothers, AP report. “A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday at St. Denis Church in East Douglas.”
https://theweek.com/obituaries/1007521/phil-saviano-key-advocate-for-survivors-of-sex-abuse-by-catholic-clergy-had-died Phil Saviano, main campaigner for survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, has died aged 69