× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Priests / Pedophilia #560894

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 24, 1988
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Allentown, Pennsylvania: Steve Delaney) Pennsylvania priest Thomas Bender shown being arrested for sexually molesting alter boy. Victim Jeffrey Savitsky's parents reported asserting molestation began nine years ago and now son is in drug rehabilitation program and has sexual identity confusion. Similar cases illustration geographically. Lawsuits' impact upon Catholic Church discussed. Lafayette, LA, priest Gilbert Gotay's molestation of eleven alter boys and punishment discussed. [Victim's FATHER - says it's over.] Church authorites reported cognizant of abuse and refused to prevent further molestations. [Jeffrey Savitsky's MOTHER - says diocese knew year before telling her.] Savitsky's lawsuit noted charging Bishop Thomas Welsh ordered Jeffrey to tell no one of rel. with Bender. [Mrs. SAVITSKY - says bishop told son priest would answer to God and advised no action.] Savitskys' faith and son's life noted shattered by molestation. [Canon law expert Thomas DOYLE - comments on people losing faith and trust in leaders] United States Catholic Conf. reported sending local bps. letter on subject. Vileness of priests molesting children noted. Doyle reported co- authoring confidential policy on priestly pedophilia. Policy quoted on screen. Bender noted free on bond while Welsh hasn't been charged. Children's vulnerability to such heinous crimes noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Delaney, Steve

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.