Returning from an event in Northern Virgina, I decided to call the Diocese of Scranton and get confirmation that Robert Gibson had died. I identified myself and asked for the office that could help me confirm that a priest, formerly of the Diocese, had passed away. I was transferred to another office and, once again,… Continue reading Confirmation of What I Knew Already
I have to admit that sometimes I get really angry over some of the comments that are sent in that, on the surface, seem to want to offer me encouragement but, in fact, are supportive of either the man who raped and beat me or others like him. They are most likely sent by well-meaning people who… Continue reading Assuaging their own grief…
I inquire as the health and well-being of my perp, Robert J. Gibson, periodically. I did so last month to the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Scranton. Admittedly, the email to Joan Holmes was pretty sarcastic. I asked the question "Is the monster still alive?". I did edit out the adjective I used initially. As is… Continue reading Something is not quite right
A fast post this morning on an article that appears in the most current edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. The article is about the organized coverup of sexual crimes committed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I will have more to say about this later. You should read the article! I found out about this latest… Continue reading Rolling Stone Article
Four. That is the number of victims of Father Robert Gibson to which the Diocese of Scranton has stipulated. Four. I don't get it. I cannot believe that the Diocese of Scranton continues to stubbornly stick to that number. I have corresponded with survivors, family members of survivors, classmates of survivors, as well as friends. I have spoken to… Continue reading Only Four, I Think Not…
When I first reported Father Gibson to the Diocese of Scranton, I was told that he had been removed from ministry and sent to a facility for safekeeping. While the Diocese should have handed this prolific sexual criminal to civil authorities, they instead sent him into the Catholic Church's "Pedophile Protection Center" a.k.a. The Vianney… Continue reading Missouri Reporter Delves into Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer
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…
At some point it stops being about God, doesn’t it?
"But the Catholic Church could, in fact, still do something about the evil heritage left by pedophile clergy. The church has the power to punish every high official who knew and looked the other way, but it has chosen not to do so."
I have been corresponding with the Bishop of Scranton. The exchange has been frustrating, infuriating and absolutely exhausting. I firmly believe that words are important, that words have meaning. If you have read anything I have written in the previous 39 posts I have put in this blog, it should be of no surprise to… Continue reading Correspondence with the Bishop