It was the middle of autumn in 2007 when a 36-year-old man named "Ben" decided to share his nightmares with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
He told terrible - and terribly detailed - stories about abuse that he claimed he had suffered as an altar boy decades ago at the hands of the Rev. Joseph Gallagher at St. Mark's Parish, in Bristol.
It was sick, gut-wrenching stuff, some corroborated by other former altar boys, according to a recent grand-jury report.
The Archdiocese listened to the sordid stories, and then told Ben a year later that it couldn't substantiate his claims.