Tag Archives: Catholics for Change

Letter to Chair of PA Judiciary Committee Rep. Ron Marsico

October 1, 2011 Representative Ronald S. Marsico 105th Legislative District Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Chairman, Judiciary Committee Re:    Scheduled Hearing Dates: House Bill 832 – Sponsor Rep. Louise Williams Bishop (re statute of limitations for child sexual abuse – criminal & civil) House Bill 878 – Sponsor Rep. Michael McGeehan (re legislation to allow civil action […]

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Catholic League Mouthpiece Maligns Journalists

“Time for Bill Donohue and Catholic Church to stop smearing victims — Also attacking journalists Maureen Dowd and Chris Matthews,” People and Politics coverage, Irish Central, September 24, 2011 Editors note: My Uncle Chris is a practicing and dedicated Catholic. He has vigorously supported Catholic Charities and education. While we don’t always see eye-to-eye on […]

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After All That I Now Know, How Can I Still Go to Church?

by Father Christopher M. Walsh, Pastor, Saint Raymond of Penafort Church On Thursday, Archbishop Charles Chaput will be installed as the new Archbishop of Philadelphia.  His arrival from Denver brings with it a history of zealous preaching and a call to genuine conversion and holiness.  He is a proven communicator, a man who has led […]

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‘Rolling Stone’ Publishes 8-Page Article on Philly Catholic Church Cover-Up

The September 15, 2011 edition of venerable rock magazine “Rolling Stone” teases “The Catholic Church’s Secret Sex -Crime Files” on its cover. Inside is a scathing eight-page article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely on the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s sex abuse scandal and cover up. People may scream Catholic bashing, but it’s all true. There won’t be any […]

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Archbishop Chaput Installed This Thursday

Many have asked what I hope from Archbishop Chaput’s leadership. Kathy and I hope he will follow all of the recommendations of the 2011 Grand Jury Report. For instance, the Archdiocese still hasn’t removed the Victims Assistance Program from its (and therefore, its lawyers) supervision. We hope Archbishop Chaput will support a bill for the […]

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No! No! No! Diocese Still Not Directing Victims to Police

Really? Are you kidding me? I may just lose it. Every single day I’m reminded that despite global attention on Catholic clergy sex abuse, the Church is in a complete cluster when it comes to handling it. Or, more cynically, these are calculated moves. A friend just emailed me a link for the “Protection of […]

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New Threat to Sex Abuse Legislation That Would Protect All Kids

The Sunday Inquirer cover story on incoming Archbishop Chaput outlines his highly organized strategy – not just a stance – on sex abuse legislation in Colorado. With similar bills pending in PA, child advocates better get their message out and their best game on. If they don’t, all children in PA are the losers. See […]

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‘A Watershed Moment In the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis’

Please click the link to read Cardinal Bevilacqua’s testimony for the 2005 Grand Jury Report. Let’s add this to the required summer reading for Catholics. The judge in the current criminal case involving Msgr. Lynn sealed the records, but the Inquirer already had this copy in the public domain. BishopAccountability.org has broken it down into […]

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Breaking News: Msgr. Lynn and Those Accused of Abuse Will Stand Trial Together

“Monsignor, other clerics to stand trial together,” by David O’Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer, July 29, 2011 Excerpt from above link: “Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom denied defense motions to throw out the conspiracy charges against Lynn and the other defendants in the high profile case involving sexual assaults on two boys in the […]

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