Justice4PAKids Holds Motorcycle Ride to Raise Awareness

Please click here to read: “Justice4PAKids Holds Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Mission,” by Kelly Lyons, Daily Local News, September 8, 2014

Excerpt: Now in its second year, participants will meet for the Ride4PAKids between 9 :30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at The Office Bar & Grille in Charlestown. The ride will start at 11 a.m. and finish at about 1 p.m. The three-year-old nonprofit, Justice4PAKids, focuses on raising awareness of sexual abuse of children through seminars for adults and body-safety coloring books for children.

Editor’s note: Please consider participating in or donating to this event. Many Catholics4Change blog readers are involved with this action-oriented organization. A few months after the 2011 Grand jury report, we were invited to join a group of professionals who gathered together in their passion for children. From that initial meeting, Justice4PAkids was formed, and continues thriving to this day. This article is a great reminder of the work that many people do on behalf of children. We hope it gives some peace for victims to know that they are not alone in their hope to raise awareness.

Catholic School Ignored Reports of Concern

Click here to read: “Female coaches ‘had sex with students for years,’ by Brad Hamilton, New York Post, August 30, 2014

Excerpt: “Two female basketball coaches turned a Catholic secondary school into Horndog High, bedding students for years under the watch of a skirt-chasing athletic director, according to an alleged victim and three school sources.

The NYPD says it’s now investigating sordid allegations swirling around Moore Catholic High School, a top Staten Island institution founded by nuns in 1962 and charging $8,000 in annual tuition.”

Editor’s note by Kathy Kane: It seems a person in the school community tried to do the right thing by reporting the coach, even though the school did not seem to take it seriously. Reporting suspected abuse is not an easy thing, especially when you are a member of the community and lack hard evidence. Penn State coach Mike McQueary walking in and seeing a child being assaulted was an anomaly. Most suspected abuse is gray area and it can be intimidating for a person to make a report. I’ve been researching archdiocesan internal reporting and confidentiality. Look for that post soon.

Stars Join Movie On Boston Clergy Sex Abuse Cover Up

Click here to read about the movie titled “Spotlight.” Rachel McAdams, Micheal Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and more to join cast about Boston Globe investigation about the city’s Catholic priest abuse cover up. – Cinema Blend

Canon Lawyer Calls Out Church On Cavalier Attitude

Click here to read: “Whistleblower accuses Twin Cities archdiocese of host of misdeeds related to clergry abuse,” by Emily Gurnon, TwinCities.com, July 15, 2014

Excerpt: The whistleblower who disclosed priest sexual abuse cases and their mishandling by the Twin Cities archdiocese has written a scorching 107-page affidavit describing top officials’ cover-ups, blaming of victims, willful ignorance, lies and a “cavalier attitude toward the safety of other people’s children.”

Abuse Victim Tells Pope She Wants Cover Up Bishop Removed

Click here to read: “Irish abuse victim tells Pope she wants Cardinal Brady removed,” by Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times, July 7, 2014.

Excerpt: “It’s a big thing with me that there are still members of the hierarchy there who were involved in the cover-up. I feel personally they (Church) cannot contemplate any change happening, there will be no success” as long as such people remained in place, she told The Irish Times today.



Massachusetts Bishops Endorse SOL Reform

Click here to read: “Massachusetts bishops endorse statute of limitations extension,” by Nicholas Sciarappa, National Catholic Reporter, June 27, 2014

Excerpt: The Massachusetts Catholic Conference released a statement to NCR June 20 supporting the legislation and affirming the bishops’ commitment to helping the victims and families of child sexual abuse survivors.

“We, the Bishops of the four Dioceses of Massachusetts recognize the suffering of survivors who have experienced sexual abuse and remain committed to assuring the safety of children entrusted to our care,” the statement said.

“Our support for this legislation is consistent with our continued and steadfast commitment to provide those services for as long as they are needed by the victims and their families,” it said.

According to Jetta Bernier, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Children, a child welfare advocacy group, the bill is the result of difficult negotiations with the Catholic conference.

Editor’s Note: What will the PA Catholic Conference do? What will the PA bishops do?

Former Los Angeles Priest Suspended With Others South of the Border

Click here to read: “Mexico archdiocese suspends seven priests for abuse,” by David Agren, Catholic News Service, June 24, 2014

Excerpt: The archdiocese of Tijuana has suspended seven priests — including one sued for abuse in Los Angeles — over allegations of sexual abuse.


Has Your Faith Experience Been Harmed?

The founding of this blog was based on how the clergy sex abuse cover up impacted my life as a Catholic. That same impact is what drew Kathy Kane’s partnership in this effort. That same sense of betrayal led others here. Over the years, it has become so much more. It has also become a safe haven for victims to share their stories with each other and the laity. It’s been a platform for debate and an information hub offering related news. Priests, nuns, atheists, converts to other faiths and devoted Catholics have all reached out via our private messaging.

It became really clear this is something people needed to talk about. It was God affirming for me and my faith has become stronger as a result. However, practicing my religion in the traditional sense became much more difficult. How should I handle my children’s Catholic education and parish contributions? Where could I attend Mass in good conscience? How do I reconcile the evil with the good of my Church?

What do you think about these things? Would you be interested in sharing your experiences, questions and solutions with others. A couple of our “regulars” have posed the question of holding a forum on these matters. The purpose wouldn’t be to address sex abuse directly, but to address our Catholic faith development in light of the crisis. They welcome any ideas on location, time of year and other planning elements. Please leave your comments.




Archbishop Claims He Wasn’t Sure Child Sex Abuse Was A Crime

Click here to read: “St. Louis Archbishop Carlson said he’s not sure he knew sexual abuse was a crime,” by Lilly Fowler, St. Louis Post – Dispatch Religion News Service, National Catholic Reporter, June 10, 2014

Editor’s note: Malarkey or Idiocy? I say the former, but neither is acceptable. Even in the case of the latter, he had to know it was morally wrong.

Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces Resolution in Final Case

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has made a final decision in the last remaining case of priests placed on administrative leave following the February 2011 Grand Jury Report.
While on administrative leave, priests are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, or present themselves publicly as priests. Archbishop Chaput has decided that Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip is suitable for ministry based on unsubstantiated allegations that he sexually abused minors over 20 years ago.

Announcements were made at Saint Stanislaus Parish and Saint Mary Manor, both in Lansdale, when Monsignor Logrip was placed on administrative leave in March of 2011. Follow up announcements were made at those locations this weekend regarding the final decision in this case. Counselors were also made available. Monsignor Logrip’s case followed the same procedure as all other cases of priests placed on administrative leave following the February 2011 Grand Jury Report. Prior to any investigation, the case was submitted to the appropriate local district attorney’s office. After the district attorney declined to press charges, investigations were conducted by the MultiDisciplinary Team and the Archdiocesan Office of Investigations.
The results of this process were submitted to the Archdiocesan Professional Responsibility Review Board (APRRB). The APRRB is comprised of twelve men and women, both Catholic and nonCatholic, with extensive professional backgrounds in the investigation and treatment of child sexual abuse. It functions as a confidential advisory committee to the Archbishop, which assesses allegations of sexual abuse as well as allegations of violations of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. This body provided a recommendation as to suitability for ministry to the Archbishop, who made the final decision.
On May 4, 2012; July 6, 2012; October 15, 2012; April 7, 2013; and December 15, 2013 Archbishop Chaput announced resolutions in 25 of the cases of priests on administrative leave. Of the 25, ten priests were found suitable for ministry and fourteen priests were found unsuitable for ministry. In one additional case, the priest died before a full investigation could be conducted so it was not possible to reach a conclusion. All of those cases followed the same process of review by the district attorney, an internal, canonical investigation, review by the APRRB and a final decision by the Archbishop. More information regarding those announcements is available at http://archphila.org/HHHIC/hhhic.php.
All priests found unsuitable for ministry will have no public ministry in the Archdiocese. They do have the right to appeal the decision to the Holy See. For any priest found to have a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, if they do not appeal, or if their appeal is unsuccessful, they could be laicized (removed from the clerical state) or live a life of prayer and penance. With the decision announced today, the Archdiocese will continue the initiative entitled Honesty, Healing and Hope in Christ: Confronting Sexual Violence in Our Archdiocese, which was introduced in May 2012. Once a case is resolved the initiative begins at the parish level and
consists of four phases over six months. Its purpose is to address the wide variety of reactions, thoughts and feelings that will be experienced as a result of this announcement both immediately and in the days and weeks moving forward. It identifies three primary stakeholders: the victims of the allegation or violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behaviors and Boundaries, the parishioners, who include school and Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) families, and the priests on administrative leave. Through the implementation of this initiative, the Archdiocese continues a journey of honesty, healing and hope toward the restoration of trust.
Biographical Information on Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip
Monsignor Logrip is 67 years old. He was ordained in 1972. He served at the following parishes, schools and offices:
Saint Ignatius, Yardley (1972-1974);
Saint Rose of Lima, North Wales (1974-1975);
Bishop Kenrick High School (1974-1983);
Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting (19751981);
Saint Gabriel’s Hall (1981-1983);
Archbishop Carroll High School (1983-1990);
Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown (1990-1992);
Saint Monica, Philadelphia (1992-1994);
Mater Dolorosa, Philadelphia (1994-2000);
Immaculate Conception, Levittown (2000-2007);
Saints Philip and James, Exton (2007-2008);
Mother of Divine Grace, Philadelphia (2008-2010);
Chaplain, Saint Mary Manor (2010-2011);
Saint Stanislaus, Lansdale (20102011);
placed on administrative leave (2011).
To Make a Report
If you would like to report a violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.
If you would like to report an allegation of sexual abuse, contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.
We recognize that this public notice may be painful to victims of sexual violence. If you need support or assistance, victim services are available to you through the Victim Assistance Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or philavac@archphila.org.Susan’s Note: There is much to comment on here, but let me begin by saying I will doubt the Archdiocese’s respect for the laity until they stop using the phrase – “The District Attorney’s office declined to press charges.” They need to add the reason why the District Attorney can’t press charges in many of these cases. The statute of limitations prevents them. The former coverup and current lobbying by the Diocese prevents the DA’s office from offering justice to victims and safety to society.

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