New Head of Office of Children and Youth Protection – Same Old Problems

"After grand jury report on Philadelphia clergy scandal, more changes, more accusers," by John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June, 9 2011 Important Excerpts: "The archdiocese expects to pay more than $1.2 million for abuse victims' therapy this year, three times the amount it paid five years ago." ··· "The changes include ending any interrogation … Continue reading New Head of Office of Children and Youth Protection – Same Old Problems

Prosecutors’ Prophetic 2006 Letter Begged Cardinal to Consider His Conscience

In July of 2006, Maureen McCartney and Mariana Sorenson, two prosecutors assigned to the 2005 Philadelphia grand jury investigation wrote Cardinal Rigali a letter foreshadowing the 2011 Grand Jury Report. "We are writing to you as private citizens and advocates of legislative reform because we are alarmed by the message – propagated by Church lobbyists … Continue reading Prosecutors’ Prophetic 2006 Letter Begged Cardinal to Consider His Conscience

Archiodese Considering Changing Victims’ Assistance Program

"Archdiocese Considering Big Changes to Victims' Assistance Program," by John T. Gillespie, special to The Catholic Standard and Times, May 18, 2011. The key word here is "considering." Why not a commitment? The Archdiocese should fulfill ALL the recommendations of the Philadelphia Grand Jury Report. One recommendation was the removal of the victims' assistance program … Continue reading Archiodese Considering Changing Victims’ Assistance Program