Q. This is a question for Father Walsh. I wonder if he would be able to clarify whether or not there is a specific stipend that each parish must send to the Archdiocese from their donations. If so, will a parish (and possibly parish school) indeed suffer because of a reduction in donations? I need … Continue reading Q&A: Is Lack of Giving Having Impact in Right Place?
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
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
"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
Training priests that sex abuse is wrong seems besides the point. The good priests already know this. The abusive priests don't care. More importantly, who is going to teach the Bishops that they shouldn't cover up sex abuse? This is just another PR move. They are getting out in front of the very real shortcomings … Continue reading Archdiocese Contracts Out Morality Lessons
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
"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."
Where does the rank and file clergy stand on the sex abuse cover up, Vatican guidelines, Amnesty International's report and the John Jay study? Cue the crickets. Except for a few strong voices, we don't hear from them in our parishes or here on this site. Why? Is it the conservative culture of the priesthood … Continue reading Let’s Hear From the Clergy
Many may be visiting our site for the first time today. Thank you and welcome. Please visit the About page to find the mission of this site. We also urge every Catholic to read the 2011 Grand Jury Report. How You Can Help: In PA, there is no statute of limitations on murder. Yet, there … Continue reading How You Can Protect Children and Renew the Church
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