On November 10, 2021, I participated in a frank discussion about the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church from the Perspective of Survivors. Joining me were Kristen Ciaccia (Co-Host of The Angry Catholic Show), Shaun Dougherty (President of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)), and Brian Cites (Associate Director, Baker -Nord… Continue reading The Video from Survivors’ Perspectives Panel is Available
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
In March 2020, I attended an event at the University of Scranton where I challenged officials from the Diocese of Scranton on their lack of honesty when dealing with victims of Diocesan priests. I wanted to point out that survivors have a voice, a story to tell, and the right to be heard. While I… Continue reading Another Road Trip to the Electric City this November
I am writing this from the low country of South Carolina. A break needed to assess where I am and where I am going. I am also working on a project that I will keep under wraps for the time being. The first steps are proving to be very challenging. After the post from July… Continue reading The Answer to “What is it going to take?”
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?
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
"When one goes looking for something, one rarely finds it, but when you least expect it, the object of your search tends to fly up in front of you.” This is a hard topic to write about. What happened all those years ago, the coverup by the church, the discord in the survivor community. I… Continue reading Crickets, silence on the net…
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI came as a shock to the Catholic Church and the world. In the last month pundits have examined and speculated on the reasons for his sudden retirement and the tremor that went through the Catholic faithful in the aftermath of the announcement. In what is being touted as his… Continue reading …And the Lord seemed to sleep…
The past year has seen some spectacular events that have given some hope to survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands pedophile predators in our society. Indeed this crisis knows no borders and is not limited to those of a certain faith. We have seen the conviction of a Catholic Bishop for covering up… Continue reading Is there a Survivor’s Community?
I put a blog post on January 16 entitled 99,601. I thought it was pretty innocuous, more of a "I'm still out here" piece than anything else. It drew a vitriolic response from one reader who decided that it was more of an exercise in narcissism and that I should be taking a more vocal stand… Continue reading SNAPpish