The Blogroll is growing, but more bloggers are needed

Thanks to some clever programming by my developer, the Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Blogroll is up and running pretty well at this point.  I have 13 blogs currently feeding into the website.  The entire point of this centralized point was to allow readers to find many different voices blogging on the topic. If you read… Continue reading The Blogroll is growing, but more bloggers are needed

The emails have not stopped

I have been trying to sort out so many things in my brain over the last two months.  Writing posts did not make the top of the list. I have a list of topics for posts that need some attention.   There was a great post on Tim Fischer's blog "Altered Boy" that talked about the… Continue reading The emails have not stopped

Australian Nun to be Patron Saint of Sexually Abused Children

Pope Benedict and the boys are making a dead Australian nun into god's answering machine for victims of sexual abuse by priests and other Catholic religious.

Actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica II

I have completed my defection request correspondence and mailed it off to the Diocese of Brooklyn on my way into the office this morning.  I suspect it will hit Prospect Park West sometime on Monday or Tuesday.  I was sure to include a copy of my baptismal certificate to help the research process along, you know how these… Continue reading Actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica II

Pandora’s Box

It seems that my last post opened Pandora's Box.  What I thought was going to be an expression of the reasons for my exit from SNAP turned into a flash point for people for and against the way SNAP operates.  I have received more email on both sides of this discussion than I expected.  It… Continue reading Pandora’s Box

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

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

Adventures in Irish Radio (Or how I became a talking head, almost…)

On Thanksgiving evening, full of turkey and stuffing, I sat down at my computer and found an email from a producer of a news show on NewsTalk-Ireland's National Independent Talk Broadcaster.  They wanted to talk to me! I found the invitation intriguing for a number of reasons. First I am just a survivor blogging on… Continue reading Adventures in Irish Radio (Or how I became a talking head, almost…)

Child Pornography in the Rectory at Lords Valley, Pennsylvania

In case you are one of the people who believe that the worst of the sex scandal in the Catholic Church is over, I have more bad news.  Another priest in the Diocese of Scranton has been reported, this time for child pornography. According to news reports, and this is a story that is just… Continue reading Child Pornography in the Rectory at Lords Valley, Pennsylvania

What I Have Learned in a Year of Blogging

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town. George Carlin It is October and I realized the other day that I have been doing this blog for almost a year.  I posted for the first time on 14 October 2008.  Since then I have published over 90… Continue reading What I Have Learned in a Year of Blogging