There are only a few days left until the Diocese of Scranton releases the information on the Bishop's Victims Compensation Fund. I am confident that Bishop Bambera will over-promise and under-deliver to victims and their families. If you plan to make a claim against the Diocese of Scranton, watch their news release page for information. … Continue reading Awaiting Details of the Bishop’s Fund and End of the Year Reading
"What hurts the victim the most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander."
It has been a while since I read the Aeneid in which Virgil warned "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes." I will paraphrase in the traditional English fashion. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." Today, the Trojan Horse was rolled out of the Chancery on Wyoming Avenue in Scranton. Just days after the mid-term elections failed… Continue reading Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
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in the Sexual Abuse Crisis would be removed from campus buildings and honorary degrees awarded to those individuals rescinded.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
Today, 25 October, is the Feast of St Crispin. It is also the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years War between France and England. It was an English victory despite the overwhelming numerical superiority of the French forces that engaged a tired English army. A turning point in the war,… Continue reading St. Crispin’s Day
Here is the latest group of articles I am recommending as your reading for the week: How a Catholic sex abuse report in Pennsylvania echoed around the U.S. D.C. attorney general opens inquiry into sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Washington Bill White: PA Senate's inaction on child sex abuse bill was cowardly Want to… Continue reading This week’s required reading…
With the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in August 2018, I have seen a resurgence of visits to this site, thousands of visits reading multiple posts. In the analytics, I can see the search terms people are using, mostly the names of predator priests or a specific Pennsylvania Diocese. While I am happy… Continue reading What do I want?
This is from an email that FACSA sent out Yesterday. It was important enough to come out of my self imposed archive. 1-888-538-8541 Last April, the PA Attorney General’s Office established a toll-free phone number for survivors of child sex abuse (who were PA residents, or were abused by someone in PA) to call… Continue reading Action Alert from the Foundation To Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA)
I wrote a blog post in February, 2013 titled "Is there a Survivors' Community" in which I was looking for answers from survivors about our community, our way forward and who speaks for us. In May,2013 I expressed my frustration in another post, "Crickets, Silence on the net..." that I did not hear from anyone in… Continue reading What is it going to take?
The following is the content of an email I received yesterday from the Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA): Over the many months of the current PA Legislature's session our team has continued to monitor for legislative efforts that will protect children from sexual predators and provide some measure of justice for CSA victims.… Continue reading FACSA Update 4/18/2014