Archdiocese of Boston’s liaison to sexual abuse victims stepping down
The Archdiocese of Boston’s top liaison to victims of sexual abuse and their families is stepping down this month. Barbara Thorp, a licensed social worker, has directed the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection since the clergy abuse crisis erupted in Boston a decade ago. She has worked for the church for 35 years. Thorp is among a small circle of advisers who have helped Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley navigate the church’s response to the abuse crisis.