‘Brotherhood’ Trumped Protection of Children

The unfolding situation in Ireland illustrates underlying clergy abuse issues still debated in the U.S. Does the culture of the priesthood skew attitudes regarding children? Is canon law contradictory with civil law? Attempts to protect other adults and the Church at the expense of the "least of us" could destroy the Church. "Deputy to Bishop … Continue reading ‘Brotherhood’ Trumped Protection of Children

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 … Continue reading No! No! No! Diocese Still Not Directing Victims to Police

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 … Continue reading New Threat to Sex Abuse Legislation That Would Protect All Kids

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

BBC Documents What Pope Benedict Knew

A compelling new BBC documentary about what Pope Benedict knew about pedophile priests.  The two links below are parts 1 and parts 2 of this film as viewed on You Tube.  It includes some American notables such as Father Tom Doyle and attorney Jeff Anderson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnxwgDxxAUY&feature=related <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnxwgDxxAUY&amp;feature=related&gt; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb78v1v4IGY&feature=related <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb78v1v4IGY&amp;feature=related&gt;  

Vatican Makes Rare Move: Recalls Envoy After Irish Accusations of Sabotage

The Irish government has spoken out on the Vatican's role in the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked their predominantly Catholic country. Their claim that the Holy See interfered with Bishops reporting abuse to police, falls in line with findings from Amnesty International. Earlier this year, the Noble Peace Prize-winning organization named the Vatican … Continue reading Vatican Makes Rare Move: Recalls Envoy After Irish Accusations of Sabotage

Summer Required Reading: The 2011 Grand Jury Report, Part 3

The third installment of the 2011 Grand Jury Report. Victim “assistance” procedures Prompted by the pressure of the prior grand jury report, the Archdiocese has in recent years revamped its policies for handling victims of clergy sexual abuse.  Now, at least in some cases, the church reports abusers to law enforcement authorities, something that in … Continue reading Summer Required Reading: The 2011 Grand Jury Report, Part 3

A Convenient Memory: Bevilacqua and the Sex Abuse Scandal

This article in today's Inquirer on Cardinal Bevilacqua's role in the sex abuse scandal is even more sinister for me. When the legal pressure was turned up, his faulty memory morphed into diagnosed dementia. Trusted sources, who are personal friends of the Cardinal, have told me that while physically fragile he was in good mental … Continue reading A Convenient Memory: Bevilacqua and the Sex Abuse Scandal

D.A. Seth Williams on Cardinal Rigali’s Resignation

Response from District Attorney Seth Williams on Cardinal Rigali’s Resignation My thoughts and prayers go out to Cardinal Rigali as he makes this transition in his life.  I respect the Cardinal very much and recognize the positive impact he has made in the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He came into a very difficult … Continue reading D.A. Seth Williams on Cardinal Rigali’s Resignation