Read my latest article in OC Family here.
Read my latest article in OC Family here.
Eric Johnson’s 1995 correspondence with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Claretian Order. Letters from the Claretian order to members about the status of Bruce Wellems, and the instruction to destroy evidence and emails. Eric Johnson’s June 8 questions to the Claretians and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests We are encouraged that the Vatican has taken this first step. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is now a twice-accused predator archbishop—who has also been accused of intimidating victims, bullying Catholics, and manipulating church rules regarding […]
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org) Our hearts ache for Doris Concepcion, who has so bravely spoken out about the abuse her son endured. Parents of sexual abuse victims carry an awful and painful burden. Ms. Concepcion only wanted the […]
From the Pacific Daily News: An Agat youth who served as an altar boy in the village church was molested in the late 1970s by Father Anthony Apuron, according to his mother, Doris Concepcion, who said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago. My heart aches for […]
You asked. I listened. And for a short time, the result is FREE. Parents of teens and tweens have special concerns about their children’s safety. They came to me in droves asking me to create a stand-alone book—a book that only talks about the issues that older children and their parents face. The Well-Armored Teen: […]
Fr. Bruce Wellems: the man everyone wants to protect. Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago Archdiocese and the Claretian Fathers have barred Catholic priest Father Bruce Wellems from ministry. To be honest, they made that decision in March, but didn’t tell anyone until May. Were they ever going to tell anyone? That’s a big […]
BREAKING: A Hawaii man who says he was sexually abused by Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron spoke out at a press conference today in Agana. You can read more here, here, and here. More soon …
If you are in the San Francisco area May 27, be sure to check out this screening of the award-winning documentary Call Me Lucky, with a special Q&A afterward with comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait. From Variety: A tribute to an underappreciated comedic talent that takes a startling midpoint shift toward much graver material, “Call […]
But where is he now? That’s an important question … From NewsOK: Tuesday, in a prepared statement, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said the Rev. Jose Alexis Davila was removed from his pastoral work in the archdiocese after more investigation was conducted into the priest’s past. Considering the archbishop […]
In an attempt to mislead parishioners and the public and clear them of wrongdoing in hiring a priest who plead guilty to a sexual offense, the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is circulating the priest’s “expungement document.” In this document, Fr. Jose Alexis Davila’s record of unlawful sexual touching is expunged. It is dated in […]
Let’s play a game of “Who to believe …” In 2012, Fr. Jose Alexis Davila plead guilty to unlawful sexual touching. We learned this week that Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley put Davila back in a parish. Let’s see what Coakley had to say: While Father Davila’s actions with an adult parishioner five years ago occurred […]
What exactly does it take to get a priest removed? What does it take to get OKC Archbishop Paul Coakley to warn parishioners about a priest’s past? What does it take to get a religious community to stop minimizing a guilty plea to a sex crime? Fr. Jose Alexis Davila has now been exposed across San […]
So we can assume that OK City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley doesn’t bother with that whole “background check” thing. Why? A former San Diego priest who vanished after he pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery and “engaging in unlawful sexual touching” in 2012 has resurfaced in parishes in Oklahoma. Fr. Jose Alexis Davila was sentenced to three years’ probation […]
Finally there is some good news. A reauthorization bill in the US Senate has a new provision that extends the federal civil rights of victims of child sex crimes, including child sexual abuse and child pornography. Last week, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to reauthorize the Adam Walsh Act, a federal program […]
The answer is simple: they thought no one would notice. When Indian priest Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul pleaded guilty in 2012 to child molestation in the Diocese of Crookston, MN, Jeyapaul’s victims and their supporters (including SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) believed—at first—that they had won a huge victory. Not only had Jeyapaul fled the […]
Of all of the abuse and cover-up that have been exposed as a result of Hawaii’s civil window for victims of sexual abuse, few things are as explosive as a report released yesterday that states the Vatican knew Hawaii’s former bishop was a sex predator before he was appointed ordinary. The report, written by Fr. Thomas […]
Joel Wright, the Steubenville seminarian caught trying to buy children in order to sexually molest them, pleaded guilty to federal charges of trying to entice a minor. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Authorities released some of the emails Wright exchanged with undercover agents. You can read some of them here. But a […]
Click here to listen to my interview/discussion today on a California bill that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for sex crimes. AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC, 89.3 FM, Southern California Public Radio.
California Victims of sex crimes have won another battle in the effort to extend the criminal statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault. SB 813, sponsored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), which seeks to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for rape and related crimes, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee […]