In the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on clergy child sex abuse, 900 survivors have called a hotline launched by the attorney general's office. PA Clergy Abuse Hotline: 888-538-8541 For many, that call was the first time they shared their abuse. I vividly remember the first time our pediatrician went over good touch/bad touch … Continue reading Survivors No Longer Walking Thin Line
"The Vatican knew of a cover-up involving abusive priests, Pennsylvania AG says," by Holly Yan, CNN, August 28, 2018 "Pope Francis Long Knew of Cardinal's Abuse and Must Resign, Archbishop says," by Jason Horowitz, The New York Times, August 26, 2018 Does anyone believe that the Pope didn't know? Clearly many in Ireland believe he … Continue reading Claims that Vatican and Pope Knew of Clergy Abuse Cover Up Emerge
By Anonymous A few years back, a close family friend asked me to do some modeling. He’d signed up for a photography class at a local college. I was happy to help out and was flattered that someone would want me as a subject. We met to go over details. He brought along albums given … Continue reading Photography Lesson: Developing from the Negative
Click here to read today's breaking news: "Plan by archdiocese to protect priests alleged in motion," by John P. Martin, The Inquirer, Oct. 29, 2011
"Dear Catholic Church Are You Kiddin' Me?" by Tim Whitaker for Philly Mag's The Philly Post, May 19, 2011 "Those of us who were around remember those crazy swinging ‘60s. Anomie. Revolution. Acid. Hendrix. Joplin. Time has come today. Give peace a chance. Can I have a hit of that? Oh, so very stressful, all … Continue reading Did the Beatles Make You Want to Molest a Child?
I wrote a letter to Cardinal Rigali on behalf of the many thousands who have visited and commented here. I respectfully shared your questions and concerns. The following is the response we received on his behalf from the office for communications. This wasn’t a media inquiry. This was a letter from the faithful seeking pastoral … Continue reading Would the Cardinal Respond on Behalf of Christ?
Read today's front page story in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Gina Maisto Smith, the former assistant DA hired by the Archdiocese to investigate allegations. The article outlines her investigative team and the process. "Sex-Abuse Experts Weigh Claims for Archdiocese," by Craig R. McCoy, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2010.
The following is an edited compilation of many questions received via site comments, the contact form and my personal email. Thank you for your input. April 7, 2011 Your Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali: In the spirit of Vatican Council II’s Decree on Ecumenism, I ask you these questions on behalf of Catholics4Change. We are a … Continue reading Letter & Questions for Cardinal Rigali Sent Certified, Express Mail
By Tom Roberts, The National Catholic Reporter, April 5, 2011 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland, 2009 (CNS/Paul Haring) MILWAUKEE -- In the early years of the priest sex abuse crisis, Catholics often expressed their frustration with how bishops handled the scandal by saying “they don’t get it.” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland, … Continue reading Archbishop Martin Renews Call to Examine Culture that Allowed Sex Abuse to Happen
We are collecting question suggestions to forward to Cardinal Rigali. We can't promise answers, but we can promise to send the chosen questions by certified mail to his offices at the Archdiocese. We will share the final list in a future post.