If you are going to make fun of a former Archdiocese victim advocate, you might want to whisper.
Demand a child protection charter (such as those in other U.S. Dioceses) and hold clergy accountable if they violate it. In her article below, expert and parent Kathy Kane makes the case for "practical policy." Her experience illustrates why we all need to speak up. By Kathy Kane There is no child safety hotline leading … Continue reading Sqeaky Wheel Protects the Children
I stumbled across a blog post that beautifully illustrates the dichotomy of the Philadelphia Archdiocese cover up and the practice of our religion. It depicts the best and the worst of our faith. "A Hog and Me Both," from Millennial Catholic: Twenty Somethings Living and Working in Today's Church Our leadership has brutally betrayed us … Continue reading Catholics Consider Next Steps in Scandal Aftermath
More lies mark the opening day in court. Judge calls defendant on his deception. "Accused Philadelphia Priests Appear in Court," by John P. Martin for the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2011
Last week's suspensions have left many unanswered questions. Parents are stunned their children served Mass with priests who they now know were credibly accused of sex abuse. The Philadelphia Archdiocese chose to leave us in the dark until last week. When was the priest first accused? What was the accusation? Why was he left in … Continue reading We Are Not Sheep – Demand Answers
By Kathy Kane When the first wave of clergy sex abuse in Philadelphia was exposed a few years ago, it changed something in me forever. How could even one child of God, let alone hundreds, be harmed by those who were proclaiming the Gospel message. It distanced me from my Church, however I remained. I … Continue reading Test of Faith
Does this make any sense? "Chestnut Hill College, a Roman Catholic institution in Philadelphia, last week told a gay priest who had been a popular adjunct there for several semesters that he was no longer welcome to teach the two religion courses he had been offered for the term starting this week... Father St. George … Continue reading Pedophiles Can Stay – but Not Gays?
by Susan Matthews I read a letter to the editor yesterday in The Philadelphia Inquirer that urged Catholics to speak out. Later in the day, I overheard two older women talking about an accused priest with whom they were friendly. Their blind acceptance of his innocence despite overwhelming evidence was baffling and enraging. A Web … Continue reading My Lost Saints