FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 10, 2021 The founders of Catholics4Change, an online forum dedicated to the prevention of clergy child sex abuse, have launched the Catholics4Change Community. The virtual and global platform allows Catholics, survivors, and advocates to communicate and collaborate virtually. "We didn't want the efforts of people working to prevent child sex … Continue reading Catholics4Change Launches Virtual Global Community
by Susan Matthews Nothing has changed since the 2011 Grand Jury Report. A few new policies and millions in payouts don't fix what is broken within the Philadelphia Archdiocese or the Vatican. But this is not a pessimistic post fueled by righteous indignation. My anger is topped off with hope. While nothing changed, everything has … Continue reading 10 Years and a New Beginning for Catholics4Change
When it comes to the sexual abuse of children and the vulnerable, is there a more lenient governance than the Catholic Church? The Vatican published new provisions to the Code of Canon Law on June 1st. The phrase "one step forward, two steps back" is too generous. In a decades-delayed step forward, a priest found … Continue reading New Vatican Laws Insult Clergy Abuse Victims
Guest Blog by John Delaney I struggle with my faith and my beliefs in a higher power. I’m not sure if that stems from being abused by a priest or if it stems from my questioning religion and religious beliefs. But I do believe in something, I just don’t have a name or a face … Continue reading Survivor Feels Some Hope After Meeting Philly Bishop
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/opinion/letters/catholic-church-abuse.html Combine all the letters to all the editors around the world and you'd have a chronicle of unspeakable and seemingly endless pain and misery. I'm glad the New York Times isn't letting their readers forget the enormity of this problem.
Join CHILD USA and SNAP on Wednesday 2/26 for an exclusive sneak peak of ‘A Peloton of One,’ a documentary following Dave Ohlmuller’s journey across the country to bring awareness to child sex abuse advocacy and statute of limitations reform. As part of the CHILD USA Film Series, the screening will be followed by a … Continue reading CHILD USA and SNAP Film Screening
Last week a few of us from Catholics4Change attended a presentation at Villanova University given by Fr Hans Zollner, president of the Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Of all the information that Fr Zollner provided, one fact that spoke volumes was that there are only 18 people on staff … Continue reading It’s Up To Us Now
It has been so encouraging to see laity from all over the country begin to realize that information is key in protecting children. This past year we have seen lay groups form in various dioceses, arming themselves with information and asking the questions that need to be asked to keep kids safe. Their questions will … Continue reading The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries
Archbishop Nelson Perez was a pawn. He was ordained into a clerical culture of power, greed, hypocrisy, manipulation and well-documented secrecy.
The list of clergy assignments in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is posted in May of each year and the priests settle into their new assignments a few weeks later in June. A few times throughout the year there are additional changes to the clergy assignments due to retirements, deaths, health leave, personal leave, or sabbaticals. … Continue reading Clerical Inconsistencies