The following is the content of an email I received yesterday from the Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA): Over the many months of the current PA Legislature's session our team has continued to monitor for legislative efforts that will protect children from sexual predators and provide some measure of justice for CSA victims.… Continue reading FACSA Update 4/18/2014
"The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms." Socrates An article on the Vatican Radio's Website reported on a request from Pope Francis for forgiveness for the priests who committed sexual crimes against children. During his prepared remarks to members of BICE [International Catholic Child Bureau] whom he received on 11 April 2014 in an… Continue reading A Papal Request for Forgiveness Begs Clarification
I received the invitation to my high school reunion about a week ago. I knew it was coming, I had talked to a classmate organizing it on the phone a few weeks ago. I had also had conversations with a friend who is going, I was encouraged to go along. Notre Dame High School Class… Continue reading Can You Go Back?
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
According to an article in the Pocono Record on 14 March 2014, a priest who was credibly accused of molesting boys in Shohola (Pike County) and Moscow (Lackawanna County), Pennsylvania has been elevated to the post of Vicar General of Ciudad del Este Diocese in Paraguay. Now a Monsignor, Carlos Urrutigoity will be in charge of… Continue reading Promoting Pedaphiles
FACSA - Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse Contact Your PA House Rep ASAP Please contact your local PA House legislator and ask him/her to support Rep. Mark Rozzi's proposed amendments to Senate Bill 681 which the full PA House will be voting on very soon possibly in the next day or so. A. How… Continue reading If you live in PA, A word from FACSA (Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse)…
This year has been full of trials, disappointments and setbacks. It also has been full of discovery, new friends, old friends and the promise of new adventures. 2013 has been a hard year and I don't mind saying I am glad to see it go. I have not written much on this blog this… Continue reading So how do I do this again?
Sometimes, when you feel like you are at the end of something, you may not be able to see that you are at the beginning of something else.
I am providing this link to John Salveson's article in Notre Dame Magazine. As President of Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse (FACSA), Mr. Salveson is leading the charge to change laws to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual predators and the institutions that have protected those predators. His frustrations are very similar to frustrations that I… Continue reading FACSA President’s Recent Article in Notre Dame Magazine
"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…