After an arrest warrant was issued by Canadian authorities for Bishop Raymond Lahey of the Roman Catholic diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia for child pornography, the whereabouts of Bishop Lahey are unknown. Bishop Lahey had his resignation accepted by Pope Benedict XVI over the weekend, followed by his hasty departure from his Diocese. Bishop… Continue reading Nova Scotia Bishop MIA in Wake of Child Porn Warrant
The UN Human Rights Council has recently released a report on the failure of the Holy See, to adequately take action to protect children. Add the following report to the list of organizations that see the Catholic church not only as a failure in protecting children but as a willing conspirator to downplay the size… Continue reading Child Abuse and the Holy See, A UN Report
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
Since the Catholic Church is unable or unwilling to do the right thing when it comes to the victims of sexual crimes perpetrated by pedophile priests, it is obvious that we need someone looking out for us. What we need is a patron saint who is suited to intercede against the powers the inhabit the… Continue reading Patron Saint Nomination for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Priests
"But the Catholic Church could, in fact, still do something about the evil heritage left by pedophile clergy. The church has the power to punish every high official who knew and looked the other way, but it has chosen not to do so."
I have been corresponding with the Bishop of Scranton. The exchange has been frustrating, infuriating and absolutely exhausting. I firmly believe that words are important, that words have meaning. If you have read anything I have written in the previous 39 posts I have put in this blog, it should be of no surprise to… Continue reading Correspondence with the Bishop
The National Catholic Register website reports that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed a suit in Oregon to proceed against the Vatican in a sexual abuse case. Read the details at NCRegister.com
Bishop Accountability lists 16 accused and/or convicted sexual predators in the Diocese of Scranton. News articles that included interviews with Diocesan officials list as many as 9 more who's names are being kept from the public. If you look at the database for accused priests for Pennsylvania, the number listed is 192. Imagine the depth of the problem if they all had… Continue reading The Tip of the Pedophile Iceburg