I am writing this letter because I have been reading about Father Michael Kelly and all of the people who say they know him and how he could not have done what he is being accused of. Then, there are the others who say the plaintiff is lying and is only in it for the money.
I am not passing judgment, because I feel only God can do that. But having been sexually abused myself 50 years ago, I would like to say as a former victim that the victim never forgets when this happens. The memory can suppress itself for a time, but you never forget. I still remember everything about my incident very vividly, but my attacker (a family member) still swears he does not remember.
For those of you who swear you are certain Father Kelly would not do this, to you I say that you did not know him at the time the incident happened. He was probably a different person, and most likely does not remember what happened himself.
It took me 40 years to forgive my attacker because that is what God wanted me to do, and that is what the plaintiff in this case should be doing.
Everyone should stop passing judgment and pray for both Father Kelly and the plaintiff — that they both can find peace.