Bishops Offer Nothing More Than Weak Tweak

Bishops barely revise the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People despite clear need demonstrated in Philadelphia and other cities. Read about it here: "Bishops squandered opportunity, victims' group says," by Dan Morris-Young, The National Catholic Reporter, June 17, 2011 "Bishops Uphold Policy on Sex Abuse," by Laurie Goodstein, The Boston Globe, June … Continue reading Bishops Offer Nothing More Than Weak Tweak

Stopping Donations Is Only Part of Solution to Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

The results of this Catholic Standard and Times poll indicate there will always be those who continue to participate and contribute despite Archdiocesan criminal behavior. While 25% say they will donate less, 15% say they will become MORE active in their parish and 38% say the current crisis won't affect their participation at all. Visit and … Continue reading Stopping Donations Is Only Part of Solution to Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Spin Control in Philadelphia

"Crisis Control in Philadelphia," by Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, May 26, 2011 NCR: "So boundary violations created the discrepancy between the cases in the grand jury report and Cardinal Rigali’s initial insistence that no priests with credible allegations of abuse were still in ministry? That’s why the priests were subsequently suspended? Mary Achilles: … Continue reading Spin Control in Philadelphia

Archdiocese Puts Review Board in Context – Their Context

COMMUNICATION FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: THE ARCHDIOCESAN REVIEW BOARD IN CONTEXT May 19, 2011 Documents such as this only serve to infuriate the informed. This offers bits of truth, while omitting important facts. It answers nothing. It certainly puts the Review Board in context, though. Archdiocesan leadership rendered the board completely irrelevant. Note the … Continue reading Archdiocese Puts Review Board in Context – Their Context

Becoming a Priest Amidst Controversy

"Faith Steels His Resolve," by Phil Gianficaro, Columnist, PhillyBurbs.com "The widespread cover-up of predatory priests rumbled beneath Friel's feet. He needed something to hold on to so he wouldn't fall. It wasn't necessary for him to look far. He held onto that which has never allowed him to fall. His faith in God."

Philly Archdiocese Protection Policy Seriously Flawed

By Kathy Kane, Catholics4Change The most recent bulletin insert distributed from the Archdiocese highlights the The Standard of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. The Standards apply to clergy, teachers, coaches, volunteers - all who interact with children. The most important sentence in that document is the following: “Any Church personnel or volunteers who violate the Standards … Continue reading Philly Archdiocese Protection Policy Seriously Flawed