Truth and Reconciliation

Forty years ago, I was a Senior at The University of Scranton. I had to let that set in when I was on a Zoom call with everyone involved in bringing this event together. I am heading back one more time for a conversation that I believe is long overdue. Joining me to have a… Continue reading Truth and Reconciliation

The University of Scranton Task Force Report Is In

Whoever listens to a witness, becomes a witnessElie Wiesel The University of Scranton's Task Force on Healing, Reconciliation and Hope was created in 2018 with the mandate to "address the difficult but necessary questions raised by the Grand Jury report detailing the sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania and failures by church leaders in… Continue reading The University of Scranton Task Force Report Is In

Justice Denied by Clerical Error? I Think Not!

I do not believe in accidents when it comes to justice for survivors of child sexual abuse. So when I heard last week about the “mistake” made in the process of bringing an amendment that would extend the timeline retroactively for victims to file civil actions against the predators that abused and raped them, I… Continue reading Justice Denied by Clerical Error? I Think Not!

All Roads Lead to Scranton

I traveled to Scranton for the University of Scranton's Task Force on Healing, Reconciliation a& Hope presentation Diocese of Scranton:  Learning Lessons, Strengthening Safeguards & Empowering Survivors. The event featured the Vicar General of the Diocese, the Victim's Assistance Coordinator (VAC), and the Safe Environment Coordinator. A friend from the Class of '82 made the trip… Continue reading All Roads Lead to Scranton

Heading to Scranton with My Bingo Card

Packing my bags for the event in Scranton on Thursday.  I can't forget my Bingo Card to keep score. Thanks to Mike McDonnell for posting this to Facebook.

Questions, I Have So Many Questions

  I was going through kitchen cabinets tonight looking for one of my old Navy mugs when I stumbled on a University of Scranton Orientation '81 mug.  It was a thank you gift for the student volunteers who made Orientation go flawlessly for the class of '85 during Labor Day Weekend, 1981. I was one… Continue reading Questions, I Have So Many Questions

Empowering Survivors to Come Face to Face with the Vicar General

During the last week, I have heard from several survivors from the Diocese of Scranton responding to my call for people to come and engage the Vicar General of the Diocese in a forum scheduled for March 5, 2020, by The University of Scranton's Task Force on Healing, Reconciliation, and Hope. It looks like there… Continue reading Empowering Survivors to Come Face to Face with the Vicar General

Road Trip to Question the Vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton

I want a conversation, not a confrontation.

The University Of Scranton to Host Diocesan Offices Complicit in Sexual Abuse Coverup

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

An Update on the Status of Survivor Funds in PA

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