At this point in my journey, nothing really surprises me anymore. Priests who question the handling of abuse cases by bishops are silenced. Parishioners sit in silence, almost oblivious to the overwhelming evidence of corruption in the hierarchy. The Bishops pay lip service to survivors and their supporters, hoping that time will wear down resolve… Continue reading The Letter
Let me state at the beginning that I am a graduate of the University of Scranton. I think I can say that I began the process of healing at the U during my time there (1978-1982). I loved my school while I was there and still have many friends with whom I keep in contact.… Continue reading The University Of Scranton to Host Diocesan Offices Complicit in Sexual Abuse Coverup
I have heard from a few of you concerning the amount of time it is taking to get an offer from the various funds set up by the Dioceses in Pennsylvania for childhood survivors of sexual crimes by priests. I have heard there is a backlog with the administrators, an article, Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M… Continue reading An Update on the Status of Survivor Funds in PA
It is done. I have spent hours filling out the ISCP questionnaire from the Diocese of Scranton. Despite the documentation already provided and the written acknowledgment from the Chancery, I had to answer the following questions: Where did the abuse occur? I provided a list. Age when first sexually abused? Thirteen When did the abuse… Continue reading Allocution
I took today off to finish drafting my ISCP package. With any luck, I will have it off my plate by the end of the weekend. I will go through that mess with you all as soon as it is emailed to go through a review for legal sufficiency. But for now, I have a… Continue reading This week’s reading. Follow the money!
a person who is avoided or rejected by others for moral or social reasons. Let's just put this out there. Abuse survivors are the new lepers to the "Catholic faithful." Recently, a Facebook Post reply from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference to a comment left by Carolyn Fortney showed that organization's disdain for the universe of… Continue reading Abuse Survivors, the New Lepers
The Diocese of Eire has removed Monsignor Charles Kaza from St. Tobias Parish in Brockway, PA while an investigation is made into allegations that he sexually abused a minor at St. John The Baptist Parish in Erie in the 1980s. As of the time I was writing this on 19 May 2019, it is five… Continue reading Senator Scarnati’s Pastor Removed for Allegations of Sexual Abuse with a Minor
The email has been pinging again. It seems that the Diocese has announced that they have paid out $2.2 Million to "abuse victims" in the first 90 days of the Individual Survivor Compensation Program. (David Singleton. May 11, 2019. The Times-Tribune: Diocese of Scranton pays $2.2M to abuse victims in first 90 days of program)… Continue reading Mother’s Day Weekend update from the Diocese of Scranton
But no pledges to fix "The Church." The fire at Notre Dame de Paris was a cultural tragedy. The cathedral is iconic to Paris, to France, to the world. The loss of over 850 years of work by carpenters, stone masons, painters, sculptors, stain glass makers, metal smiths, and untold numbers of other artisans who… Continue reading In just a few days, a Billion $ pledged to fix a church.