Parting Company with SNAP

Update:  If you are coming into this blog post from TheMediaReport.com click here to see my response to Mr. Pierre's use of my post to support his attack on SNAP. I began writing this post over a month ago. It was put aside as my attention went to other, more important events in my life.… Continue reading Parting Company with SNAP

Posting the Pope not for everyone

I have received some feedback on the campaign to reply to Pope Benedict XVI's letter to the Irish people (Dear Mr. Ratzinger: Letters from Ireland, ). Some have enthusiastically embraced the idea and plan to write a note to the Pontiff to express their opinion of his prose to the Irish nation. Others think it… Continue reading Posting the Pope not for everyone

The Pedophile Sex Crisis in the Catholic Church Continues, Despite All Efforts by the Vatican to Make You Think Otherwise

Anyone who has watched network or cable news, read a newspaper, logged on to a blog or a news website in the past couple of weeks has been inundated with information of the Catholic Sex Crisis.  (I keep calling it a crisis, because "scandal" just doesn't start to cover it. )  New revelations of bishops… Continue reading The Pedophile Sex Crisis in the Catholic Church Continues, Despite All Efforts by the Vatican to Make You Think Otherwise

Looking for Survivors of Peter J. Dunne, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

I recieved an email today from a SNAP leader up in Pennsylvania. A survivor in Iowa is looking for information on the predator that abused him as a child. The name of the predator priest is Peter J. Dunne of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This particular priest is a real piece of work. I am… Continue reading Looking for Survivors of Peter J. Dunne, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

St. Patricks Day, a day of solidarity with Irish Victims of Clergy Sexual Crisis

This weekend in over 30 locations around the country, survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members will be gathering in solidarity with victims of abuse in Ireland and around the world. Organized by SNAP, these vigils are intended to bring awareness to the ongoing problems of Catholic Clergy preying on children and… Continue reading St. Patricks Day, a day of solidarity with Irish Victims of Clergy Sexual Crisis

Former Scranton area church youth group leader charged with sexually assaulting boy

Proving that the Catholics don't have a strangle hold on sexual assaults on children, the Scranton Times-Tribune is reporting that Joshua Warren Landis, a youth group leader at Parker Hill Community Church in Clark Summit was charged with indecsent asault and criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviant sexual intercourse.  The Times-Tribune story is quoted below:… Continue reading Former Scranton area church youth group leader charged with sexually assaulting boy

Response from SNAP’s National Director to a recent post on Off My Knees

Through an email released by SNAP to its leaders a few days ago, David Clohessy responded to the blog of  "a relatively new leader" (that would be me), specifically the post entitled What's the SNAP Game Plan for the New Bishop of Scranton? Some thoughts from David Clohessy When SNAP issues public statements, like we… Continue reading Response from SNAP’s National Director to a recent post on Off My Knees

What’s the SNAP Game Plan for the New Bishop of Scranton?

Yesterday, the Vatican announced the appointment of Monsignor Joseph Bambera as the 10th Bishop of Scranton.  I jumped right on this, I am a blogger, that is what I do.  Other people jumped on it as well.  SNAP  issued a few statements yesterday.  One of them was on Bishop-elect Bambera of Scranton. In the interest… Continue reading What’s the SNAP Game Plan for the New Bishop of Scranton?

The friend of my enemy is my enemy…

By Michael Baumann I received a comment to an older post about a week ago that had me a little baffled at first.  The comment was from a "D. W. Downey" and it was intended to get me to wonder if  Father Virgil Bradley Tetherow, formerly a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, was framed… Continue reading The friend of my enemy is my enemy…

Innocent until proven guilty…

It is already beginning.  The troops are rallying around the disgraced priest.  If you read the online reports of the arraignment of Father Bob Timchak in the various news outlets you will find comments by people weighing in on both sides of this issue.  Parishioners and former students are expressing shock and disbelief.  Some are… Continue reading Innocent until proven guilty…