Is the PA House Judiciary Committee Chairman Protecting An Abuser?

There is a fight going on in the State Assembly in Harrisburg.   House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico is opposed to Window Legislation that would allow a window to open for civil cases to be brought against pedophiles and other sexual predators who have committed crimes against children and vulnerable adults.    Marsico is a… Continue reading Is the PA House Judiciary Committee Chairman Protecting An Abuser?

First Conviction of a Catholic Bishop…

Buried in the news, during this political season, was an article in the New York Times that the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kansas City was convicted at a bench trial on one misdemeanor charge and not guilty on a second charge, for failing to report a priest who had taken hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls.  He was sentenced… Continue reading First Conviction of a Catholic Bishop…

RCC Playbook III – The Church is the Real Victim!

The Church is the Real Victim There is nothing more offensive to me personally as the defensive tactics embraced by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.  In this installment of the "Playbook," we will take a look at how the RCC spins the sexual crime crisis to make the RCC look like the victim.  Ignore the… Continue reading RCC Playbook III – The Church is the Real Victim!

The RCC Hierarchy Playbook, Part I

While glancing at my WordPress.com dashboard I noticed that this will be my 200th post on this blog.   I am amazed I have stuck to it this long, although my posts have been less frequent as events in my personal life demand my attention.  For this post I am beginning a series on the Catholic… Continue reading The RCC Hierarchy Playbook, Part I

Fund Drives and the Ghosts of Pedophiles Past

I received a letter in the mail not long ago from the "2009 Annual Campaign" for Notre Dame High School in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  The campaign has a theme, "Celebrating Today... Preparing for Tomorrow". As with all fundraisers, the letter came with a glossy brochure full of information on projects to be accomplished, scholarship assistance… Continue reading Fund Drives and the Ghosts of Pedophiles Past

Irish Radio Talking Notes (Part II of Adventures in Irish Radio…)

As I mentioned in my last post, I was invited to participate in a discussion on the Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, also known as the "Murphy Report" for a radio talk show on NewsTalk in Ireland.   I was thrilled to be asked to be on and very happy to… Continue reading Irish Radio Talking Notes (Part II of Adventures in Irish Radio…)

Letters, we get letters…

By Michael Baumann I get some fascinating comments and mail at times.  Some of my posts have elicited some very insightful comments others have brought out the kind of venom that really makes me wonder about the smallness of the writer.  One such writer has been trying to get my ire up over the case… Continue reading Letters, we get letters…