Mother’s Day Weekend update from the Diocese of Scranton

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

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

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

Teresa Osborne, Chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton, Seriously Injured in Crash

I have been off the grid for about a week.  I am just catching up with the news and my email and I was startled to find out that Teresa Osborne, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton was injured in a serious automobile accident on 23 July. I wanted to send out my best wishes… Continue reading Teresa Osborne, Chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton, Seriously Injured in Crash

Scranton Times-Tribune Coverage of the Urrutigoiry Story

An article in the Scranton Times-Tribune online follows up on the story of Carlos Urrutigoiry and his elevation to a position of authority over priests accused of misconduct in a Catholic Diocese in Paraguay. The National Director of SNAP, David Chlohessy, is demanding the Diocese release  the files on the Urrutigoiry and the events that… Continue reading Scranton Times-Tribune Coverage of the Urrutigoiry Story

Confirmation of What I Knew Already

Returning from an event in Northern Virgina, I decided to call the Diocese of Scranton and get confirmation that Robert Gibson had died.  I identified myself and asked for the office that could help me confirm that a priest, formerly of the Diocese, had passed away.  I was transferred to another office and, once again,… Continue reading Confirmation of What I Knew Already

Only Four, I Think Not…

Four.  That is the number of victims of Father Robert Gibson to which the Diocese of Scranton has stipulated. Four. I don't get it.  I cannot believe that the Diocese of Scranton continues to stubbornly stick to that number.  I have corresponded with survivors, family members of survivors, classmates of survivors, as well as friends.  I have spoken to… Continue reading Only Four, I Think Not…