There are only a few days left until the Diocese of Scranton releases the information on the Bishop’s Victims Compensation Fund. I am confident that Bishop Bambera will over-promise and under-deliver to victims and their families. If you plan to make a claim against the Diocese of Scranton, watch their news release page for information. I expect the lies and blame deflection will flow from Bill Genello’s office as soon as the details of the “Independent Survivors Compensation Program” ooze out of the Chancery on Wyoming Avenue.
Look for requirements that will disqualify as many people with credible accusations as possible. If you were raped/molested/harmed by a priest in a religious order teaching in a Diocesan school, you might be out of luck. The Bishop will probably flick that booger towards the religious order and ignore that the crimes were committed within his curia. As in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, they will probably offer you the services of an attorney to help you navigate the rules of the fund. Please be aware, that the attorney being paid by the Diocese will not have your best interests at heart. If the Diocese is paying the bills, the lawyer is working for the Bishop and not for you. I strongly recommend that you get your own legal representation, working for your interests and yours alone.
The best bet in Pennsylvania is to enact legislation that opens a civil litigation window, sweeps aside the need for confidentiality agreements, and forces institutions like the Catholic Church to comply with laws protecting children and vulnerable adults. All victims should have the right to bring a claim in front of a judge. The format of the compensation funds is stacked to favor the Dioceses.
I have been reading some articles linked from sites like Catholics4Change.org or sent in from readers of this blog (thanks Barb!). I am going to offer you some links to spike your outrage or just leave you shaking your head at the myopic idiocy of Church leaders.
The Cardinals and the Bishops are ending 2018 full of deceit. I hold out little hope for change when the clock strikes midnight tonight, and we charge headlong into 2019. Over the last ten years writing on this blog, I have always been in awe of the Church Hierarchy’s ability to be unfeeling, uncaring, unchristian buffoons. I don’t think they will disappoint in their stupidity in the new year.
BISHOP BAMBERA SHOULD RESIGN WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!
Part of managing this blog is checking on the dashboard to see if anyone is reading what I post. In some cases I can see the referrers that bring readers to my blog. Of interest on the list of referrers, in the last few days especially, is Behan Communications. Behan Communications is a Public Affairs, Public Relations and Marketing Firm based in Albany, New York who count the New York State Catholic Conference Policy Group and the Diocese of Albany as clients. The NY Catholic Conference is the public policy voice for the Catholic Church in the State of New York. The NYSCC is the Cardinal’s (Archdiocese of New York) mouthpiece in the war on protecting the kingdom and it’s treasure from the serfs that fill the pews and pay the bills for the fancy houses, big cars, snazzy outfits and the expenses involved with keeping pedophiles comfortable in the Empire State.
I am sure that the good folks at Behan are following the legislative proceedings in the State Capital very closely. I will assume that part of having the New York State Catholic Conference as a client is supporting the Pro-Pedophile, Anti-victim/survivor posture adopted by most diocese in the United States. No doubt they will actively lobby for legislation that is ineffective and allows the Bishops to continue to obstruct justice and protect pedophile while utilizing the donations of parishioners to accomplish those tasks. I wonder if they are paid in 30 pieces of silver increments?
Behan Communications advertises litigation support services “to help businesses and institutions respond to the adverse publicity and provide sound, protective and accurate information to shareholders, employees, customers and the media while protecting their legal positions, Behan Communications’ litigation support practice works closely with our clients’ attorneys in civil and criminal courts“. In other words, they are spin masters. They put lipstick on pigs for a living. (I apologize to any pig that may be insulted by any comparison, real or implied, to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, Ireland, the Vatican or any other part of the world or underworld).
I can only surmise that Behan will be working tirelessly to support their Diocesan client in denying their role in the Catholic Sex Scandal and isolating the victims of clerical sex abuse. A question posed on their website seems to say it all. “If you win in court, but lose in the court of public opinion, have you really won?” When it comes to pedophile priests and the Bishops that protect them, I think the jury in the court of public opinion has already rendered a verdict.
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