By Kevin Cullen and Charles M. Sennott, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002
en days ago, Olan Horne left his home in Lowell and drove down to Brighton to talk with Cardinal Bernard F. Law.
It was an uneasy relationship. Horne, who as a boy in the 1970s was sexually abused by the Rev. Joseph E. Birmingham, had become the personification of Law’s nagging conscience. Two months ago, he had persuaded Law to meet with about 75 people who said they were victims of Birmingham, a tearful, emotional encounter in the basement of a Dracut church.
Horne appreciated Law showing up, but he wasn’t done with the cardinal. And so on Dec. 4, with Gary Bergeron, who also said he was abused by Birmingham, at his side, Horne strode purposefully through the ornate vestibule of the cardinal’s Italian Renaissance mansion into a conference room.