While glancing at my WordPress.com dashboard I noticed that this will be my 200th post on this blog. I am amazed I have stuck to it this long, although my posts have been less frequent as events in my personal life demand my attention. For this post I am beginning a series on the Catholic… Continue reading The RCC Hierarchy Playbook, Part I
If you live in Pennsylvania, and I know a lot of the readers of this blog live in the Keystone State, it has been an interesting few weeks! But now is not the time to sit back and declare victory. We are a long way from that day! I received a note from Maureen Martinez at… Continue reading PA Legislation Clock is Ticking! Don’t let the summer recess derail legislation!
I have to admit that sometimes I get really angry over some of the comments that are sent in that, on the surface, seem to want to offer me encouragement but, in fact, are supportive of either the man who raped and beat me or others like him. They are most likely sent by well-meaning people who… Continue reading Assuaging their own grief…
A fast post this morning on an article that appears in the most current edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. The article is about the organized coverup of sexual crimes committed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I will have more to say about this later. You should read the article! I found out about this latest… Continue reading Rolling Stone Article
After a long day working on a project, I came home to find an email in my personal account announcing a press event on 1 March to discuss the Pennsylvania Child Victim Act Legislation that will be introduced in Harrisburg by State Representatives Louise Williams Bishop (isn't that an ironic last name?) and Mike McGeehan.… Continue reading FACSA Update on Pennsylvania Legislative Initiative
By Michael Baumann The Vatican appointed Monsignor Joseph Bambera as the 10th Bishop of Scranton. Bishop-elect Bambera is a native of Carbondale, Pennsylvania and is only the second local priest to be appointed to lead the Scranton See. He has been running the day-to-day business of the Diocese since the premature retirement of Bishop Joseph Martino… Continue reading Vatican Appoints New Bishop of Scranton
It is already beginning. The troops are rallying around the disgraced priest. If you read the online reports of the arraignment of Father Bob Timchak in the various news outlets you will find comments by people weighing in on both sides of this issue. Parishioners and former students are expressing shock and disbelief. Some are… Continue reading Innocent until proven guilty…
I am providing a link to the article " Why Did the Bishop of Scranton, PA Resign?" The article appears on the Nation Catholic Reporter on 14 September 2009. This article lays out a cogent explanation of why Bishop Martino was allowed to retire/forced out of the curia in Scranton. While I have my own… Continue reading Why Did the Bishop of Scranton Resign?
Martino, Dougherty Officially Announce Resignations Shared via AddThis Coverage of the resignation of the Bishop of Scranton from PAHOMEPAGE.com and the news team at WBRE, Channel 28. The reason cited for the resignation of the bishop was his health. I am sure that there is much more to the story. As I have stated in… Continue reading WBRE Coverage of Martino Resignation
Video of this morning's press conference announcing the acceptance of Bishop Martino's resignation by the Pope is available from the TimesLeader Website. Comments by Cardinal Rigali of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and outgoing Bishop of Scranton, Joseph Martino can be heard along with a brief question and answer period. I will post my comments later.… Continue reading Diocese of Scranton Press Conference