FACSA President’s Recent Article in Notre Dame Magazine

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

Crickets, silence on the net…

"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…

…And the Lord seemed to sleep…

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…

And they will know we are Christians by our love…

It never fails to amaze me that the some of the nastiest comments that come into this blog are from self-proclaimed good Catholics.  A case in point, in the last week I have had two comments come in from "Ted Conley" (NDHS East Stroudsburg class of 83?).  The first comment I will assume is for me, the… Continue reading And they will know we are Christians by our love…

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!

RCC Playbook II — There is nothing we can do about it.

This is the second in a series of posts on the tactics in play from the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and its apologists (the Catholic League of Extraordinary Idiots comes to mind). There is Nothing We Can Do About It There are  three variants on this one.  All have the same effect of the… Continue reading RCC Playbook II — There is nothing we can do about it.

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

A Month of Significant Events Does Not Change My Reality

It has been an interesting 31 days.  I still have not processed it all.  I don’t know how to process some of it.  I have been told to try to look at these things in the context of "the glass being half full".  What I have found in looking through my own personal lens at… Continue reading A Month of Significant Events Does Not Change My Reality

Repost: Abuse Trials Miss Other Victims

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq_ed_board/Abuse-trials-miss-other-victims.html This is from Philly Inquirer Sunday June 24 page c-4 OPINION PAGE Outside their own circles, they’re mostly unknown — and certainly not referred to as Victim No. … But other child sex-abuse victims across Pennsylvania are just as entitled to justice as those whose accusations were heard in the sensational trials of a… Continue reading Repost: Abuse Trials Miss Other Victims