Filling out the ISCP application

I have been struggling with this for weeks.  I am trying to make sense of this play by the Diocese of Scranton.  They have set a window for survivors to apply for the Independent Survivor Compensation Program (ISCP) that terminates in July for those who have not previously reported their abuse or in September for… Continue reading Filling out the ISCP application

Diocese releases more information on the ISCP

If you are a survivor in the Diocese of Scranton, you will need to look at the Diocese website for the Independent Survivors Compensation Program.  The link is at the end of the news release and is not part of the main Diocesan site.   The Bishop also released a video. There is not a lot… Continue reading Diocese releases more information on the ISCP

A letter from the VAC at the Diocese of Scranton: Independent Survivor Compensation Program

Author's note: This is my second attempt at this post. I have tempered my approach, but my outrage has not abated. A half-truth is even more dangerous than a lie. A lie, you can detect at some stage, but half a truth is sure to mislead you for long.” Anurag Shourie I have had two… Continue reading A letter from the VAC at the Diocese of Scranton: Independent Survivor Compensation Program

A Letter to the President of The University of Scranton: Show Me Your Good Faith and Resolve

In a move that took me by surprise back in August, the incoming President of The University of Scranton, Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., directed that the names of bishops of the Diocese of Scranton involved in the Sexual Abuse Crisis would be removed from campus buildings and honorary degrees awarded to those individuals rescinded.  This… Continue reading A Letter to the President of The University of Scranton: Show Me Your Good Faith and Resolve

Lack of confidence in Bishop Bambera’s ability to lead the Diocese of Scranton

  I am catching up on my reading on the Diocese of Scranton in the wake of the Grand Jury Report and actions in the State House in Harrisburg.  I keep going back to an article from the Associated Press by Michael Rubinkam on September 5th that discussed Bishop Bambera's involvement in a civil case… Continue reading Lack of confidence in Bishop Bambera’s ability to lead the Diocese of Scranton

The Feast of St. Michael, the struggle continues…

I am the second son of an Irish-American Catholic family.  My older brother was given the name of my father.  My beautiful, devout mother named me after Michael the Archangel.  Today, September 29, is the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel. In Catholic Angelology, Michael is one of God's storm troopers.  He appears several… Continue reading The Feast of St. Michael, the struggle continues…

A Professor Shows the Bishop His Back

A friend emailed me a link to an article reporting that Professor Barry Kuhle stood up and turned his back on Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton during the Bishop's remarks at the inauguration of the Father Scott R. Pilarz S.J. as the new President of the University of Scranton.  The article reported that Professor Kuhle's… Continue reading A Professor Shows the Bishop His Back