Bishop holds mass for survivors but didn’t invite them…

From the Diocese of Scranton's Media Page. Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton I was surprised to find out that Bishop Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton held a Healing Mass for Survivors of Abuse. At this mass, “he acknowledged and again apologized for the pain of survivors of sexual abuse.” Wow, what… Continue reading Bishop holds mass for survivors but didn’t invite them…

The Angry Catholic.com

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.                  Albert Einstein While I was at the Task Force Event at the University of Scranton, I had the opportunity to meet Paul and Kris Ciaccia, the husband and wife team behind The Angry Catholic. They run a site… Continue reading The Angry Catholic.com

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

Abuse Survivors, the New Lepers

a person who is avoided or rejected by others for moral or social reasons. Let's just put this out there.  Abuse survivors are the new lepers to the "Catholic faithful." Recently, a Facebook Post reply from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference to a comment left by  Carolyn Fortney showed that organization's disdain for the universe of… Continue reading Abuse Survivors, the New Lepers

In just a few days, a Billion $ pledged to fix a church.

But no pledges to fix "The Church." The fire at Notre Dame de Paris was a cultural tragedy.  The cathedral is iconic to Paris, to France, to the world. The loss of over 850 years of work by carpenters, stone masons, painters, sculptors, stain glass makers, metal smiths, and untold numbers of other artisans who… Continue reading In just a few days, a Billion $ pledged to fix a church.

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