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Denby Fawcett: Abused By Priests As A Child, He’s ‘Finally Been Released’

By Denby Fawcett
Civil Beat, 8 March 2016

As the deadline nears for child sex abuse victims to sue, one of the first to step forward talks about his settlement with Hawaii’s Catholic Church.

Mark Pinkosh was one of the first in Honolulu to come forward publicly and discuss allegations of alleged child sex abuse by Catholic Church clergy in Hawaii.

Four years ago at a news conference, Pinkosh claimed he was raped by then-priests Joseph Henry and Joseph Ferrario in the late 1960s when he was a 9-year-old altar boy at St. Anthony Padua Church in Kailua.

Pinkosh, now 53, is the first to speak publicly about a mediated settlement he reached with the Diocese of Honolulu.

“I feel joyous. I feel freed up. All the anger I have been holding in for decades has finally been released,” he says.

I spoke with Pinkosh by phone Friday. After seeing the movie “Spotlight” about Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the complicity of the church in covering up sex abuse by priests, I wanted to find out more about what the Catholic Church in Hawaii is doing to address the issue.  Continue reading