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‘What if I’m not the only person?’ Survivor names priests who abused him decades ago (The Guardian)

I will do anything in my power to help any victim of this because it’s a crime – and [often], it’s a hidden crime

Derek McCarthy
A photo of Derek McCarthy, historic child abuse case client of McO, standing at the front gate of Rockwell College where the abuse happened. Derek provided the photo to The Guardian.
McO client Derek McCarthy visiting Rockwell College.


Some in the US cities of Pittsburgh and New Orleans knew Naos McCool as a Roman Catholic priest who worked with college students and first responders, and also officiated his share of weddings.

But Derek McCarthy wants the public to know that McCool, a Spiritan priest, was one of four men who sexually molested him while attending an Irish boarding school – decades before he secured a six-figure settlement from the cleric’s religious order.

McCarthy has spoken openly about his abuse at Rockwell College in Tipperary before, making news headlines across Ireland. But a recent interview with the Guardian marked the first time he has publicly named his abusers, including McCool, who is still living and held relatively prominent roles at some American institutions.

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